Antoine Griezmann has told Spanish journalists that he’ll be playing for Atletico Madrid next season.
Helping Griezmann follow in the footsteps of his French compatriot Paul Pogba and coming to Manchester United is widely considered one of Jose Mourinho’s priorities in the summer transfer window, so much so that speculation was rife about the transfer in January.
With Atletico struggling in the league and a move to a new stadium raising financial questions, Griezmann’s future at Atletico was in doubt regardless of United’s interest but it doesn’t sound like the Frenchman will be forcing a move anywhere.
Speaking to the Spanish press, Griezmann said: “I’m very happy here and of course the nice weather really helps a lot! My team mates are among the best there are and then I have a top class coach, so I am very happy here and I have no reason to leave.”
I suppose you’re not going to hear Griezmann halfway through a season discussing how much he wants to leave Atletico, even if that is indeed the case and United fans will immediately point towards two other recent examples of players saying one thing and doing another.
Tongues were wagging when two Italian lads asked Paul Pogba if he was staying at Juventus. He responded yes. We know what happened next. Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he’d never play in the Premier League and we know what happened there as well.
Griezmann is world class and United, as well as plenty of other clubs, will be looking at bringing him in this summer. Will he force a move? Judging from this interview that looks unlikely but every club has its price and if Mourinho does want to bring him in, there is every chance we’d have to pay another world record transfer fee to get him.