Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde refuses to be drawn on hypothetical Antoine Griezmann signing

Ernesto Valverde would not comment on the future of Antoine Griezmann

He has informed Atletico Madrid of his desire to leave at the end of the season

The Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona last summer

It is believed the 28-year-olds release clause is in the region of 105million

Published:17:27 BST, 18 May 2019Updated:17:48 BST, 18 May 2019

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde refused to be drawn on whether the club would look to bringAntoine Griezmannto the Nou Camp over the summer.

TheFranceforward has informedAtletico Madridhe wishes to leave at the end of the season.

Griezmann was heavily linked with a switch to Barcelona last summer, before opting to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Ernesto Valverde would not comment on the future of Barcelona target Antoine Griezmann

Following the announcement by the 28-year-old, speculation is again rife the La Liga champions will renew attempts to broker a deal, with the strikers release clause said to be in the region of some €120million (105m).

Valverde, though, played down any suggestions the transfer was as good as done when facing the media ahead of Sundays final LaLiga match at Eibar.

Weve always said the same. Hes a player who is at another team, hes a great player, weve always said that, the Barcelona boss told a press conference as reported by the Spanish media.

Pressed on whether Griezmann would fit into his team, Valverde replied: If in the end he comes to Barcelona we will see, but we are talking about hypothetical situations, about a player who may or may not come in.

I have already been asked about other types of hypothetical situations and Ive not talked about it either.

Barcelona are expected to strengthen over the summer, as the club aim to last the distance in Europe once again having fallen short in the Champions League, this season at the semi-final stage against Liverpool.

The Frenchman has informed Atletico Madrid of his desire to leave at the end of the season

Valverde said: I do not know the number of signings that there may or may not be, this goes for the club, I am part of it but there are other parties that have to express their opinion.

We have to make the best possible team, taking into account the strengths that we have.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu maintains Valverdes job is safe as they aim to complete back-to-back domestic doubles, despite their European disappointment.

Barcelona face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on May 25 as they look to win the competition for an unprecedented fifth straight year.

On his own future, Valverde said: We have already talked about all this, we know that when there is a defeat there is a lot of criticism for everyone, and then things get softer until the next game arrives.

We have to focus on what we have to gain and not on what happened.

Valverde added: The season has been very good, that is the reality.

Yes, it has been damaged by how we have fallen in the Champions League, but we have won a (Spanish) Super Cup, we have won La Liga with days in advance and we can win the Copa del Rey.

The Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona last summer but stayed put

Valverde hopes the game against Eibar can provide focus ahead of the Valencia tie.

He said: Eibar always have high intensity, we like matches like that because we want to continue competing and we have the final.

Forward Kevin-Prince Boateng has been ruled out by a left knee problem.

Eibar boss Jose Luis Mendilibar, whose side have already guaranteed their top-flight survival and could yet finish as high as 10th, hopes everyone can enjoy the end-of-season visit of the champions.

I hope its a party for the fans and for us. We are in a comfortable position, we have fulfilled objectives, he said, quoted by the club website.

We would like to finish higher, among the top 10, and we have the possibility if we win.

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