Costa: Griezmann – no going back

Atletico Madrid frontman Diego Costa has spoken about his strike partner Antoine Griezmann’s possible departure to Barcelona.

The Brazil-born Spain international feels the Frenchman is mature enough to know what he wants if he does decide to leave the Wanda Metropolitano, but says there is no going back.

“He’s big enough to know what he has to do and also how important it is for us to want him here,” Costa told reporters at Atleti’s ‘Media Day’. “Whether he goes or not is a decision for him and his family.

“Griezmann is thinking about winning a title and if he leaves he’ll want to do it by leaving his story with us. I see him as being very focused, involved, and if I can say anything it seems that when he is in the dressing room it is like nothing is happening in his life.

“I see him as always, very motivated, and only see that he always wants to win. He is happy and it would surely need to be an offer to leave that motivates him even more.”

Costa explained that he left Atletico for Chelsea, where he was a Premier League winner, and claims he was also happy in England.

“I left and was happy. I won things and had a new experience, but I’m here again and that doesn’t mean I’ll stay or go. I wanted to go back and was lucky to be able to do it.

“He knows if he does go then there is no turning back, although he looks very calm and focused, so he should think about it. There is too much talk,” he added.

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