The 26-year-old reacted angrily to jeers from supporters during Sunday’s game, which could lead to further speculation over his future.
Antoine Griezmann may have made a lot of Atletico Madrid fans happy when he opted to stay at the club beyond the January transfer window, but tensions between the striker and supporters reached a new level on Sunday.
The France international had yet again been the subject of speculation throughout another transfer period.
Reports in Spain suggested the 26-year-old had reached a secret agreement with Barcelona that would see him move to Camp Nou in the summer, but the Catalan side were forced to deny any such deal was in place.
The forward has also been heavily linked with Manchester United, though Jose Mourinho’s side ended up signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.
Griezmann may be contracted to the Rojiblancos until 2022, having signed a new deal in June, but uncertainty surrounding his future will only grow after his latest outburst.
Holding a 1-0 lead in the late stages of their league clash with Valencia at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday, Diego Simeone’s men were on their way to a key victory when Griezmann got hold of the ball in injury time.
But the attacker was met with whistles and jeers from the home side and did not take too kindly to the reaction. Griezmann immediately looked up at the fans, kicked the ball away and remonstrated with those jeering him.
The former Real Sociedad star even held a finger up to his lips to tell the crowd to be quiet.
The latest incident will only enhance speculation surrounding the incident, but Griezmann’s options may be limited if he is to look for a way out of the Spanish capital this summer.
United are unlikely to return for one of their top targets at the end of the season, as Jose Mourinho insisted that their attack is complete and they will not be adding to it in the near future.
Barcelona, meanwhile, may have been scared off after Atletico made a complaint against them in December for their pursuit of the Frenchman, and fellow reported suitors Arsenal have already snapped up £55 million Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to bolster their front line.