Filipe Luis has prompt that Antoine Griezmann’s summer time hyperlink with Manchester United was about getting a pay rise from Atletico Madrid, whereas including that the France worldwide is now settled on the membership.
Griezmann had appeared near becoming a member of United for €100 million, however ultimately signed a brand new contract with Atletico in June, saying he couldn’t go away the membership after they had been unable to signal a alternative on account of a FIFA switch ban.
Diego Costa’s subsequent return to Atletico from Chelsea means Diego Simeone’s facet at the moment are effectively stocked with forwards, and sources have informed ESPN FC that United stay occupied with signing Griezmann subsequent summer time.
However Filipe informed El Mundo that after everybody moved on from the summer time saga, it was clear that Griezmann might keep at Atletico for “for much longer.”
“[Griezmann] is a child who speaks very clearly,” Filipe stated. “Typically gamers speak after they really feel they don’t seem to be being valued as they deserve. Then they get extra consideration. He would have had many presents from many groups. A participant of his measurement desires to be up with the most important by way of contract and worth. And that’s truthful — as Griezmann is doing nice right here.
“Ultimately, for all of the speak about different golf equipment, he at all times wished to remain right here and he’s nonetheless right here, pleased and liking it. For positive, he can keep for much longer. We hope the followers perceive this and every part will get again to regular, though he has been scoring targets, and targets remedy every part.”
Former Chelsea defender Filipe was additionally optimistic about Costa’s return, saying the Spain worldwide is his favorite participant he has lined up alongside.
“[Costa] is one of the best I’ve performed with,” he stated. “I’ve seen [Juan Carlos] Valeron do issues no person might do. Neymar and [Eden] Hazard are superb skills, however the participant who gave me most trophies was Diego Costa. He at all times scores the opening objective. As a result of it’s one factor to attain 30 targets with hat methods in simple wins, and one other that 20 of these 30 targets are sufficient to win 1-Zero. No person does that in addition to Diego Costa.”
There was additionally reward for Lionel Messi forward of Barcelona’s go to to the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.
“Messi is so good that he can win La Liga even with a mediocre crew, which isn’t the case,” he stated. “Barca stay up high yearly due to him. As a result of Barca have this fashion of simply creating inner debates, it appears they prefer it. However Messi is so good, so good that he holds up what’s round him.”
Filipe additionally spoke about his run-ins over time with Messi — who has 27 targets in 34 video games in opposition to Atletico — together with a purple card on the Camp Nou in 2016.
“I am at all times within the ‘butcher’ function,” he stated. “However the one strategy to cease Messi one-on-one is to foul him. In any other case, if I am alone, I will solely get the ball one in 20 instances. I’ve to make use of different weapons, I do know one of the best ways to cease him. I do know he doesn’t like enjoying together with his again to objective, you should be proper on high of him when he will get the ball. If he feels comfy, you are useless.
“I really feel I do fairly effectively in opposition to him once we play, though he at all times scores in opposition to us. And even with me being the unhealthy man once we meet, he by no means reproaches me, at all times shakes my hand after the sport.”
In a wide-ranging interview wherein the Brazil worldwide additionally mentioned his curiosity in astrophysics and faith, he stated he revered the current stance of Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, at present unpopular in some components of Spain on account of his views on Catalonia’s proper to vote on its future.
“I am a fan of Pique, though usually I don’t agree with what he says,” he stated. “However at the least he dares to say issues. Like [ex-Real Madrid full-back] Alvaro Arbeloa, they don’t seem to be afraid to say what they suppose, don’t cover behind their fame. ‘Ole’ for them. I want extra gamers had been like them.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based soccer author who covers La Liga and the Spain nationwide crew for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan