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Atletico Madrid chief Gil Marin: Clearly Barcelona tapped up Griezmann

Atletico Madrid chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin insists they won't seek action against Barcelona over their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann.

Atletico complained to FIFA about Barca's public pursuit of the Frenchman earlier this month.

"I have spoken with Griezmann's agents and his family, and it's obvious that there has been contact," he told El Transistor.

"But we are not seeking a punishment, we only look for respect.

"It doesn't make sense that now, in the middle of the championship, the top team is going after a player from the team in second.

"To date, Atletico Madrid's relationship with Barcelona is very good, but when someone does something they shouldn't, we have to defend ourselves and maintain the integrity of the competition.

"Griezmann will continue with us, the club will not negotiate now, and in any event, it's practically impossible for any team to pay his termination clause at this moment.

"Until July 1, 2018, his clause is 200 million euros and, beyond all that, Antoine is fine.

"Our idea is that he and Diego Costa can be together in this team for several years."

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