Ernesto Valverde knows Antoine Griezmann will be a thorn in Barcelona’s side on Sunday, and would not be drawn into speculation over the Frenchman’s future.
Griezmann is currently enjoying a good goalscoring form, scoring a hattrick last weekend in the 5-2 win over Sevilla, before scoring all four goals in the 4-0 thumping of Leganes.
The France international has been continually linked with Barcelona, with Atletico lodging a complaint against the club at FIFA for how their player was been approached.
“Well I’d rather he saved his goals for another time,” Valverde said in response at his pre-match news conference.
“As for his future, I can’t tell you but he’s a player who’s in excellent form at the moment.
“Tomorrow he’s one of the strengths of the Atleitco Madrid team. We’re going to have to look after him very closely.”
Pressed again on whether he would like Griezmann at Barcelona next season, Valverde added: “Look, he’s a very good player. I have no doubt about that.
“He scored four goals the other day and three the time before.
“But I’m not going to talk about a player who plays for another team, especially one we are playing the next day. That would be improper.”