Valverde shuts down Griezmann talk

Ernesto Valverde has denied Luis Suarez’s claim that Barcelona are close to signing Antoine Griezmann. “He was speaking figuratively.”

Suarez appeared to confirm in the build-up to Sunday’s Clasico that Griezmann was on his way to Barca, but while Valverde made no secret of his admiration for the Atletico Madrid attacker, he played down talk of a done deal.

“I don’t know if Suarez knows something I don’t,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“I’m proud that we’ve signed players [of Griezmann’s quality], but I have no doubt that he [Suarez] was speaking figuratively. We’re all careful about what we say, and the same applies for our rivals.

“We’ve been linked with players who belong to other clubs throughout the season. [The Press] ask you about them so many times that sometimes you respond in one way and then in another.”

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