Antoine Griezmann has opened up about his future at Atletico Madrid, insisting he was comfortable in Spain ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
It was heavily reported earlier on in the season that Manchester United had completed a deal to secure the Frenchman’s signature over the summer.
Griezmann, in response, had emphatically denied the prospect of moving to Old Trafford, insisting on numerous occasions that he was going nowhere.
And the 25-year-old, speaking on Cadena Ser’s El Larguero, made it clear once again that he was happy in Spain.
“I would only leave Atleti to play with [New York Knicks basketball player] Derrick Rose,” he said jokingly.
“I am very comfortable here and now have to meet my representative with Miguel Angel Gil Marin and see what happens.
“I am happy. If I am happy in my personal life I will be happy in the profession. I love [coach Diego] Simeone and I love my mates. I’m still as happy as the first day I introduced myself. I wish I could continue to enjoy my private and sports life.
“I want titles, it’s what I want and what I lack. I give everything in Atletico for that.”
You get the impression that Griezmann is happy with life at the moment: his family are happy in Spain and, following perhaps his best season yet, nobody looks set to take his place in the first team.
Some people – like, say, Robin van Persie – aren’t satisfied with being a top goalscorer at a big club; they want an even bigger club, a new challenge, another chance to impose themselves even more steadfastly than before.
Griezmann’s mindset, however, is notably more benign; perhaps that will change, like it often does during one’s career, but as things stand the chances of the Frenchman signing for United are about as good as my own chances of breaching the current first team.