Diego Simeone has admitted that Antoine Griezmann has not produced his ‘best moment’ for Atletico Madrid this season as his side prepare for the Madrid derby.
Atleti’s star striker is the subject of continued speculation. He remained in Spain in the summer despite interest from Manchester United but he continues to be linked with a move away.
Much has been made of Griezmann walking away from pre-match team photos, as though it is a sign he lacks commitment to the cause, but Simeone insists the opposite is true.
“The other day, they took the team photo just as he was leaving to take up his position on the pitch,” Simeone said.
“And it makes it seem that he doesn’t want to be in the photo. I can understand journalists’ take on it – but he always does that.
“He’s the most skilful player we have, the most important player we have in attack. What I see in Griezmann is enthusiasm.
“The team is enjoying a good league campaign but we haven’t seen Griezmann’s best moment yet. And that’s what I’m really looking forward to.”
The Atletico boss was speaking in his press conference ahead of the clash with Real Madrid this weekend.
Simeone was also questioned about his future with the club as rumours linking him to the vacant Everton job continue.
He said: “As I’ve said on various occasions, my future is tied to Atletico. They are going to have to put up with me for the next couple of years at least. I’m absolutely sure about that.”