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Barcelona president admits to meeting Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann's representatives

Griezmann has indicated he wants his future decided before this summer's World Cup after Barca were forced to deny in January they had already agreed a deal to sign the Frenchman.

Published: 07th May 2018 08:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th May 2018 08:08 PM   |  A+A-

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann (File | AP)

By PTI

BARCELONA: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted he met with representatives of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in October.

Griezmann has indicated he wants his future decided before this summer's World Cup after Barca were forced to deny in January they had already agreed a deal to sign the Frenchman.

"We had conversations with his representative, as we have with other representatives," Bartomeu told Catalan radio Rac1 today.

"This was last October, a meeting, nothing more. It should not give rise to speculation."

Griezmann has scored 30 goals in 51 games this season and can end the campaign by winning the Europa League, with Atletico up against Marseille in the final later this month.

Any deal with Barcelona would place in further doubt the future of Ousmane Dembele, who has endured a difficult first season at the Camp Nou.

Dembele joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund for 147 million euros last year and Bartomeu insists the 20-year-old will not be leaving this summer.

"It's not on the table," Bartomeu said.

"Dembele is one for the future and we expect a lot from him in the next few seasons." 

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