Griezmann shone, Atlético Madrid win Europa League

JOY UNBOUND Atletico Madrid players celebrate with the trophy in Lyon on Wednesday

JOY UNBOUND Atletico Madrid players celebrate with the trophy in Lyon on Wednesday

Atletico de Madrid will now focus their attentiton on their friendly match in Nigeria, on May 22nd at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo against the home-based Nigerian Super Eagles team.

Griezmann, who may well have put in his last performance in the red and white of Atletico after being heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer, paid tribute to Marseille after the match. Guardiola apparently hopes that the inclusion of Aguero will help to swing a deal for Griezmann in City's favour despite Barca's groundwork.

Atletico and Griezmann got the best of Olympique Marseille and win their third Europa League after 2010 and 2012.

"I've never given him anything", Simeone told the assembled media and as quoted by MARCA. "We lost one (final) with two minutes left, and another on penalties".

The 27-year-old Frenchman, who scored a double in their 3-0 win over Marseille in the Lyon final, is widely expected to join La Liga rivals Barcelona at the end of the season.

The France forward was quoted by Marca as saying after the game: "Now is not the time to talk about the future".

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Black Stars midfielder Thomas Partey, on Wednesday night, celebrated his first major career silverware after Atletico Madrid won the Europa League final. "If he goes then great, he's given a lot to us over the years".

"It was a dream of mine to win a trophy with Atleti, with Simeone and with my team-mates", Griezmann added.

"And I think there is no better way to say goodbye to Atletico than lifting the trophy and he deserves it more than anyone else".

A number of teams are believed to be interested in the Slovenian, but Atletico boss Diego Simeone said earlier this week that he was determined to keep the stopper at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Griezmann, who has been with Atletico since 2014, is on a contract that runs to 2022.

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