Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has opened up about the prospect of being sold by Atletico Madrid over the summer, insisting that he is happy with life in Madrid.
It was reported over the January transfer window that Atletico and Man United had agreed on a deal, compete with a weekly wage and shirt number, over the Frenchman ahead of a summer move.
However, it was later revealed that the 25-year-old, who has since gone on to publicly pledge his allegiance to the Spanish side, had been convinced to remain at the Vicente Calderon.
And the Frenchman, when asked again about a potential move away over the summer, was quick to stress that he was happy in Spain.
“As I have said so many times in the past, I have a contract with Atletico, I am happy here and so is my family,” he said.
“And besides, to leave, first the club has to want to sell me, right? I try to be happy out on the pitch and give my best for the fans.
“Everything is going well. Here we have sun all the year round and that is also a big help.”
One could safely say that, as it stands, Griezmann is going nowhere this summer. Atletico, now seven points ahead of fifth-placed Villarreal, look to be safely on course to Champions League qualification (something that would, without doubt, influence Griezmann’s destination for next season), and stand a superb chance of reaching this year’s semi-final after drawing Leicester City.
But United fans ought to remember that a number of crucial variables could still change between now and the conclusion of this year’s transfer window: Diego Simeone could leave; Atletico could miraculously drop out of the top four; United could claim a Champions League spot; Atletico could sign another striker. This is indeed a saga worth watching right until the bitter end.