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'I'd like to play more' - Griezmann speaks out on Atletico Madrid substitute role amid club's reported Barcelona transfer concern

7:49 AM GMT 08/09/2022
Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Champions League 2022-23
Antoine Griezmann admits that he would “like to play more” as Atletico Madrid reportedly limit his game time in order to avoid a transfer clause.
  • Purchase option in loan deal
  • Restricted to bench duty
  • Has scored three goals this season

WHAT HAPPENED? The Liga giants are said to be restricting a World Cup winner to a substitute role, as if he plays at least 45 minutes in half of the Rojiblancos’ games this season, then a €40 million (£35m/$40m) purchase option with Barcelona will be triggered. Griezmann is having to make do with second-half outings at present, with a starting berth being denied him by Diego Simeone.

WHAT THEY SAID: France international Griezmann has said of his lack of game time: “It's clear that I would like to play more, but I have to do the maximum in the minutes that I am given.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Despite being forced onto the bench this season, Griezmann has netted three times for Atletico through five appearances in all competitions.

AND WHAT'S MORE: The most recent of those goals was a dramatic winner against Porto in a Champions League group stage opener that came in the 101st minute.

STORY IN THREE PHOTOS:

DID YOU KNOW? Antoine Griezmann has scored the latest winning goal by any team in a Champions match since at least the 2003-04 season (100:21 minutes).

WHAT NEXT FOR GRIEZMANN? Atletico will be back in La Liga action against Celta Vigo on Saturday, with Griezmann – who is under contract at Barca through to 2024 – hoping to play a more prominent role in that contest.