Antoine Griezmann’s former adviser, Eric Olhats, has confirmed the Frenchman would have left Atletico Madrid this summer had the Court of Arbitration Sport not upheld the club’s transfer ban in June.
He pledged his commitment to Atletico after they upheld the ban confirming they would not be able to sign players this calendar year, leaving them unable to make signings for two transfer windows after breaching rules over the transfer of foreign players.
The Frenchman hinted on the eve of the Europa League final that there was a 60 per cent chance of him making the Old Trafford switch as he had his heart set on playing alongside Paul Pogba.
However, he opted to stay in Spain as he understood Diego Simeone would be unable to replace him, but Olhats has spoken about his decision to turn down a move.
“Griezmann didn’t feel able to leave Atletico,” he said. “He’s been integral to them and has shown his commitment to the club at a time when they couldn’t sign players.
“Without the Fifa sanctions he would have gone.”
United said their interest in a deal had been cooled rather then ended and there are claims that Jose Mourinho will sign him next summer.
Mourinho wanted transfer targets to be engaged by the prospect of joining the club and this may be the reason why Griezmann’s release clause after signing a new deal has remained exactly the same as Mourinho will not need to pay a penny more when he goes back for his services.