Griezmann defies Atletico by missing pre-season gathering

MADRID (AFP) – Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann delivered on his threat and failed to show up for the club’s pre-season gathering last Sunday, a club spokesman told AFP.

“Griezmann had an official summons to be at the club at 20.30 this Sunday and when he did not present himself, we opened a file and will study the case,” said the spokesman.

Griezmann, a Barcelona target, had already said he would not turn up, Madrid sports daily Marca reported last Saturday, with Atletico then telling AFP that “it changes nothing”.

“He is under contract with our club until 2023 and must resume training tomorrow like all the other players,” they added.

The club tweeted pictures of players arriving at Los Angeles de San Rafael where Atletico traditionally hold their pre-season training, including recent record signing Joao Felix, a teenage Portuguese forward.