Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has called on fans who whistle and boo Antoine Griezmann this weekend to be ‘respected’.
The French forward will return to the Wanda Metropolitano for the first time on Sunday with Barcelona and it is predicted he will receive a frosty reception from the home fans.
Griezmann never enjoyed a particularly warm relationship with Atleti fans and the manner of his departure this summer has been criticised by people linked to the Madrid club.
He joined the Blaugrana in July when his €120m release clause was triggered, although a series of reports in the Spanish press say they have emails proving that the deal was concluded in March.
That meant he already had his heart set on a departure from Los Rojiblancos two months before the end of the season, and when they were still involved in the Champions League and La Liga title race last season.
“People have their opinion and you have to respect it,” Atleti midfielder Koke responded when asked if Atleti fans will whistle and boo Griezmann.
“There are people for all opinions and you have to respect it. I keep it to myself. We will see what happens and we are focused on the game.
“In his five years here he gave everything to Atlético, he is a rival and we play against Barcelona, not only against Griezmann. We want to give everything we have; it is a special match for everyone. We will try to do our best.”