Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lionel Messi: 'Barcelona need Antoine Griezmann for Champions League'

Griezmann's future has been the source of much speculation over the past 12 months and, after last summer being heavily linked with Manchester United, he has emerged as a possible big-money signing for La Liga champions Barca.

Antoine Griezmann says he has made a decision on his future but refused to clarify where he will play next season when he spoke to reporters at France's World Cup camp in Russian Federation on Tuesday. "I know there's a lot of expectation, but today is not the day [to speak about my future]", he said reading from a pre-prepared statement.

The media gathered at France's World Cup base in Russian Federation to attend a press conference, at which Griezmann would be speaking.

There appears to be no logical reason behind Griezmann delaying the announcement of a new deal, if he is to stay at Atletico, and it would now be more surprising if the forward doesn't switch clubs this summer.

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One journalist was so desperate to get a comment from Griezmann, he used Google translate to ask the forward about his future.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas believes Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann will stay at Real Madrid and Atletico, respectively. If the club sign him, brilliant. That depends on the signing committee and the coach. I'm just saying that to win the Champions League you need to have the best. "And he is very good".

The Nou Camp outfit have not won the competition since 2015, where they beat Juventus 3-1. But we still have time to correct mistakes.

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