Gabi admits Barcelona target Antoine Griezmann could play for any club in the world

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Atletico Madrid captain Gabi states teammate Antoine Griezmann has the ability to play for any club in the world amid Barcelona links.

Griezmann, 27, has enjoyed another prolific goalscoring season in the Spanish capital, leading to speculation that the Frenchman could switch allegiances to La Liga rivals Barcelona in the summer.

And one player who backs the Atletico talisman to succeed wherever he plies his trade is Griezmann’s current captain Gabi, as the midfielder admits the quality of the forward is such that he could feature for any top club in Europe.

Griezmann famously signed a contract extension with Los Colchoneros in August 2017 after the club were handed a transfer embargo and would not have been able to sign a replacement if the French forward left last summer.

The 27-year-old’s commitment and devotion to club has since been rewarded this season as Diego Simeone’s men prepare for the Europa League final against Marseille on 16 May.

Speaking ahead of next week’s final, Gabi told a press conference: “We are very relaxed, focused on the final, then we’ll see afterwards about Griezmann’s future.

“Antoine is a very important player for us, he could play for any team in the world. We have been talking about him all year, his situation, but all we want to focus on now is the final, and winning a trophy.

“We have been a long time without winning, reaching finals but not winning them. This team needs to win, to continue in the elite. When you win trophies important players want to come, and to stay.”

The final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in France is sandwiched between Atletico’s remaining two fixtures of the La Liga campaign – an away trip to Getafe this weekend, and a home match against Eibar next Saturday.

Where would Griezmann fit in at Barca?

A versatile and technically gifted forward, Griezmann can be deployed in a number of roles in the final third, be it as the main striker leading the line, or dovetailing in a more operational false nine role.

Known for his insatiable work ethic and teamwork, Griezmann would be an ideal fit at Barca, who already boast an incredible array of attacking options.

Ernesto Valverde may be tempted to have the Frenchman play a similar role to that of Roberto Firmino at Liverpool, dropping deep from the front to allow Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele license to surge forward from either flank.

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