Atletico Madrid striker and Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has put an end to speculation regarding a potential move to Old Trafford, insisting he is happy in Spain.
It was reported earlier this season that Jose Mourinho has pin-pointed Griezmann as his main transfer target, whilst L’Equipe claimed that it was “only a matter of time” before the Frenchman moved to Man United.
But the 25-year-old, speaking to AS, made it clear that he was going nowhere.
“I’m very happy at Atletico, I’m very proud to play for these fans, with these players and with this coach,” Griezmann said.
“I want to try and pay back the confidence and care that the people at Atletico have always shown me.”
“I don’t like this question [where he will go next], don’t hit me with these questions about my future because for players like Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Leo] Messi or [Gareth] Bale, nobody asks them what is going to happen next year or where they are going to play.
“That’s why I don’t like it when they ask me, either. I’m happy and enjoying myself at Atletico, don’t ask me about my future anymore.”
Missing out on a talent of Griezmann’s proportions is always disheartening, but Mourinho will know that his current attacking arsenal doesn’t necessarily require another addition.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney provide valuable experience and an overall presence, whilst the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial bring raw energy and fervour. Mix that with the sheer craft of Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and you wonder whether Greizmann would even manage to nail down a regular place in Mourinho’s starting XI.