Alvaro Morata wants Antoine Griezmann’s decision to leave Atletico Madrid to be respected.
France forward Griezmann announced this week that he intends to leave Atleti after five years at the club, despite signing a contract extension running until 2023 last year.
Lucas Hernandez and captain Diego Godin are also saying their farewells to the Wanda Metropolitano and, with fan emotion potentially becoming frayed, Morata called for Griezmann’s contribution to the Atletico cause to be acknowledged.
“It’s a decision that we have to respect, we have to thank him for what he’s done for this club, which is a lot, and we respect his decision,” said the on-loan Chelsea striker, whose deal means he is set to be with Atleti throughout 2019-20.
“We wish he could have stayed, but he’s taken that decision. We are finishing the season, but we have the same excitement for next season.
“Change is always difficult, but we are working to make a competitive team and fight for it all next season.
“We are very motivated in the dressing room for the future, it’s very important.”