Atlético Madrid midfielder Koke has claimed that his teammate Antoine Griezmann is happy at the club, after the French international finally ended his goal drought that had last eight games. The tenacious forward is being strongly linked with a January switch to Barcelona, who are looking for a suitable replacement for their former star Neymar.
Speaking ahead of Atléti's trip to Levante, via FourFourTwo, Koke spoke out on the speculation regarding Griezmann's future, and claimed netting against Roma in the Champions League has greatly boosted his morale. Koke claimed:
"Antoine is happy right now. After a while without scoring he could help the team with a goal and an assist to Kevin (Gameiro) for the second goal. He left happy after the match because he wasn't in a good streak."
Griezmann was hotly tipped to join Manchester United last summer, with his brother whipping United fans into a frenzy with a series of cryptic tweets hinting heavily at a move to the Premier League. However, Atléti's transfer embargo put a stop to the move, as the club wished to hang onto their top talents until they were allowed to sign new players again.
Los Colchoneros currently sit fourth in La Liga, level on points with their fierce local rivals Real Madrid and ten points off current leaders Barcelona. Diego Simeone's side are currently unbeaten, and their typically resilient defence has been pivotal in their impressive campaign thus far.
Griezmann may well wait until the summer to make his move away from the Spanish capital, with Barcelona now seemingly the most likely destination. The 26-year-old is now arguably in the prime of his career, and a move to a bigger side is clearly on the dribbling dynamo's agenda.