Barcelona are still keen on signing Antoine Griezmann and the player’s club teammate, Koke, has dismissed the sense that his exit would be the end of Atletico Madrid.
It is thought that the striker could announce his decision on Tuesday afternoon and Koke insisted that Los Rojiblancos will be better off if he signs a new contract.
“[Griezmann] has a contract and I hope he stays with us, it’s his decision,” the midfielder stated on Tuesday.
“I want him to stay because of the level he is at and for everything he does for the club. He is a complete player.
“It’s his decision. If he stays it will be a joy. If he goes, life goes on.”
In a battle to start against Portugal in Spain’s World Cup opener on Friday, Koke also discussed the difference between playing for club and country.
“It is easy to change from the Atletico style to that of the Spanish team,” he noted.
“I know how to combine the two styles. At Atletico, we play a lot more directly.
“I have adapted very well here. Diego Costa has also adapted very well to the two styles.”