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Griezmann defies Atletico Madrid, fails to show up for pre-season gathering

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Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezman delivered on his threat and failed to show up for the club’s pre-season gathering on Sunday, a club spokesman told AFP.

“Griezmann had an official summons to be at the club at 20.30 this Sunday and when he did not present himself, we opened a file and will study the case,” said the spokesman.

Griezmann, a Barcelona target, had already said he would not turn up, Madrid sports daily Marca reported on Saturday, with Atletico then telling AFP that “it changes nothing”.

“He is under contract with our club until 2023 and must resume training tomorrow like all the other players,” they added.

On Sunday evening, the club tweeted pictures of players arriving at Los Angeles de San Rafael where Atletico traditionally hold their pre-season training, including recent record signing Joao Felix, a teenage Portuguese striker.

Griezmann announced in May that he would be leaving Atletico but could not reveal his destination until his release clause dropped from 200 million euros ($225 million) to 120 million euros on July 1.

On Friday, Atletico accused Barcelona and Griezmann of a “lack of respect” after the Catalan giants’ president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that the two clubs had held talks about the France international.

Atletico confirmed that they had held a meeting on Thursday, at Barca’s behest, to discuss a deal for World Cup winner Griezmann at the lower price.

They also said Griezmann had told them he struck a deal with Barcelona in March.

Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and has scored 133 goals in 257 appearances.

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Roma Want Rid Of Pastore, Jesus And Fazio

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Roma hope to make space in the squad and raise transfer funds by offloading three players, Calciomercato reports.

The Serie A side want to offload Javier Pastore, Juan Jesus and Federico Fazio in the near future.

Pastore, who is currently injured, has a €4.5 million salary but he is not part of the club’s plans. Jesus is on around €2.2m, but his contract expires in the summer.

Fazio, meanwhile, has seen potential moves fall apart because of his wage demands but Roma hope he will lower his expectations.

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Premier League takes decision on shutting down season amid second wave of COVID-19

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Premier League chiefs have resolved not to shut down the season, despite clubs holding secret meetings about taking a ‘coronavirus break’, the UK Mirror reports.

Some clubs have discussed a two-week temporary halt in January, as the football is in serious danger of descending into farce.

The Premier League on Tuesday, announced a record number of positive tests, with 18 detected in the week between Monday December 21 and Sunday, December 27.

But League bosses have no intention of suspending the season.

Government chiefs have also offered reassurance that there are no plans to stop top flight football or elite sport despite the rise in cases.

Manchester City’s clash at Everton on Monday night was called off, following an outbreak of the pandemic in the club’s first team bubble.

If further positive cases are confirmed, City’s game at Chelsea on Sunday will also be postponed, leading to more fixture pile-up for the Blues.

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EPL clubs consider two-week break amid COVID-19 break

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Premier League clubs are considering a two-week break after a rise in COVID-19 cases, the UK Telegraph reports.

The chairmen of some top-flight sides have reportedly held talks over a mid-season time-out, as concerns grow over outbreaks at Manchester City and Sheffield United.

City’s Premier League game with Everton was postponed Monday night.

And although the Blades’ clash with Burnley went ahead Tuesday evening, there are fears more matches will be called off in the coming weeks.

The Premier League recorded 18 positive results in its latest round of coronavirus testing.

Southampton manager, Ralph Hassenhuttl, is in isolation and will not be on the bench for his side’s match against West Ham.

Clubs fear there next week’s FA Cup third round will see more postponements, causing potential fixture chaos.

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