Monaco to sell Lemar to Atletico Madrid

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France's Antoine Griezmann smiles as he answers journalists' questions.

Lemar, 22, has become a regular fixture in the France national team squad since making his global debut in 2016.

Broadcaster Pedro Morata's quick thinking had the world football press in stitches in Russian Federation on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) - and drew a grin from Griezmann.

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But those closest to the 27-year-old are urging him to stay at Atletico, sources said, with one source indicating there is no sign at this time that Griezmann is planning on a move to Barcelona.

Antoine Griezmann controls the ball ahead Benjamin Pavard during a French team training session.

While Liverpool and Arsenal have been interested in signing him again this summer, with Chelsea also said to be keen, none of the Premier League clubs have made a concrete offer. "I know there's a lot of expectation, but today is not the day [to speak about it]". However, that apology did not stop Cadena SER's Pedro Morata from doing his best to try and catch Griezmann and French Football Federation (FFF) press officer Philippe Tournon out.

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Pedro Morata - who reports for Spanish radio network Cadena SER - came up with a sneaky way to flout the "French only" rule.

But the (flimsy) rule didn't stop Pedro Morata of Spanish radio network Cadena SER, who used his phone's translator to ask a question about whether Griezmann would stay at Atlético Madrid.

Griezmann smiled at the reporter but media office Philippe Tournon was not impressed.

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