The former long-time mentor of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann believes the French forward does not want to leave the club.
Eric Olhats has claimed that the 28-year-old has no intentions of leaving Atleti having penned a new long-term contract at the club last summer and rejecting interesting from Barcelona.
“We are still in frequent contact and we are on good terms,” Olhats told RMC Sport.
“He is focused on what he has at the moment, on Atleti and until the end of the season, he is not thinking about his future at all.
“This is my personal opinion, but he is not thinking about a transfer at all.”
A report in El Mundo Deportivo last week outlined how Griezmann’s ‘proven quality and fixed price of €120m’ – relating to the forward’s release clause – is why the Blaugrana are interested in a summer deal.
Marca, by contrast, had said last week the Catalan giants are not so keen on a deal for the French forward having attempted to sign him last summer before the player decided upon staying at Atleti.
The former Real Sociedad star eventually signed a new long-term deal at the Wanda Metropolitano but fresh reports indicate he is now having regrets about staying in the Spanish capital.
The Frenchman does have a release clause in his new contract, that drops from €200m to €120m at the end of the current season, and that may tempt the current La Liga leaders to return with a second bid.
Griezmann has netted 18 goals this campaign for Diego Simeone’s side.