Valverde in the dark over Griezmann move
Ernesto Valverde described Antoine Griezmann as "a great player" but was unable to confirm whether he would be joining Barcelona, despite Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain distancing themselves from the World Cup-winning forward.
Griezmann announced his decision to leave Atletico Madrid in a video posted on his social media accounts on Tuesday, thanking the club's supporters for "five incredible years".
He has been linked with a transfer to Camp Nou for over a year, opting to sign a new five-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano before the start of the 2018-19 season rather than pursue a move at that time.
With the 28-year-old set to switch allegiances, and both City's Pep Guardiola and PSG's Thomas Tuchel saying they would not be signing him, Valverde was asked whether he would be looking to add Griezmann to his squad for next season.
"We always say the same – he's a player at a different club," Valverde told a news conference.
"Who knows? He's a great player, I've never denied that. Are you going to ask every coach in football if they want him? Is that your plan?"
When asked what role Griezmann might play in his Blaugrana team, Valverde responded: "If he came you would see.
"We're talking about an assumption, a player who might come, who could be here. I'm not going to talk about his position."