Simeone: Ball in Griezmann’s court

Diego Simeone admits whether Antoine Griezmann stays at Atletico Madrid this summer ‘is a question for him’.

Griezmann’s brace fired Atleti to a 3-0 victory over Olympique Marseille in the Europa League Final on Wednesday, and Simeone conceded the Barcelona target would have the final say over his future.

“The best way to win again is to keep plugging away,” the Coach said after the game.

“We came close in two Champions League Finals, last year in the semi-finals… We lost one by two minutes, another by penalties, and we got up again. "

“My coaching staff have been lucky enough to find a very strong group of lads, who haven’t stopped improving.

“Sitting in the stands? You feel sad, bitter and with a feeling of loneliness, but I have a very good relationship with the players and I can be at home or at the hotel and they’d walk the same way.

“Torres? For Fernando, it’s a dream come true. I hope the field explodes on Sunday. He’s a fantastic lad, everything he’s achieved has been won by him. I’ve never given him anything. “Suffering at the start? We started with some difficulties because they started better, but we settled after our goal.

“Griezmann? He didn’t have to prove anything. He’d already done so in all these years and tonight confirmed what I know.

I hope he’s happy and hopefully he stays with us. Will he? It’s a question for him. The fans? I don’t know what happens in finals, but whether it’s in Lisbon, Milan or here, there are always 40,000 of ours and 20,000 of the others. Maybe it’s the paperwork…”

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