Real Madrid planning Antoine Griezmann offer despite Barcelona agreement - Spanish report

Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring with Diego Costa against Celta Vigo

He scored the opening goal with a marvellous piece of skill and top finish and then teed up Vitolo to slam in the second after the interval before Angel Correa sealed the 3-0 win.

On Messi's withdrawal, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said: 'I found out this (Saturday) morning, before leaving home, I had already been called by the delegate of the club and he had told me the circumstances surrounding Leo.

Atletico are second in the standings on 64 points after 28 games while leaders Barcelona have 72 after winning 2-0 at Malaga on Saturday and third-placed Real Madrid have 57. "We go from game to game". I want to reach the final five rounds with chances.

It's of no surprise Atletico are keen for that partnership to continue to flourish, though Costa's presence would also make Griezmann's departure somewhat more palatable as they'd still have a reliable goalscorer in the side.

The striker has suffered through a disappointing season which saw his club crash out of the Champions League at the hands of Roma and Chelsea.


The Frenchman produced a great reverse pass to find Vitolo in the penalty area, and he chipped the onrushing Ruben Blanco to double Atleti's lead before Angel Correa rounded the scoring four minutes after coming on as a substitute with a powerful strike.

Vitolo's last three goals in La Liga have now been for three different teams - he previously netted for Sevilla and then scored for Las Palmas against Celta earlier this season.

Manchester United were heavily linked with the forward last summer and, despite Griezmann admitting he was "flattered" by the interest of the Red Devils, he turned down Jose Mourinho's side in favour of remaining in Madrid.

After a goalless first half, Carlos Bacca fired the visitors into the lead midway through the second period after being played in by Pablo Fornals. The win moved Villarreal to sixth place, one point behind Sevilla and a point ahead of Girona. Earlier yesterday, Gerard Moreno got the victor, his 12th goal of the season, as Espanyol beat Real Sociedad 2-1.

The home side grabbed the victor in the 51st minute when Gerard Moreno was fouled in the box by Real keeper Jose Angel Moya and picked himself up to squeeze home the resulting penalty.

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