Jose Mourinho has received a boost in his pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann after the Frenchman ruled out the prospect of moving to Real Madrid over the summer.
It has been reported throughout the season that Mourinho had placed emphasis on securing the 25-year-old’s signature during the summer transfer window.
Griezmann has made it clear on several occasions, however, that he doesn’t want to leave the Vicente Calderon in the near future.
But Mourinho – and indeed Man United fans – will be encouraged by the Frenchman’s adamance that, if he were to leave Atletico, he would not choose Madrid as his next destination.
“I do not rule out anything in the future, but I’m happy at Atletico and hopefully I can stay here,” he said.
“Interest from Madrid? I can’t say “yes” or “no”. You never know what can happen in football, but moving from Atletico to Real, I don’t know if it’s achievable.
“Very few players have done so. For this reason, I think it’s dead.”
As Griezmann continues to coldly reestablish to various media outlets that, no, he doesn’t want to leave Atletico, it is starting to feel as if the only way in which a move to Old Trafford could happen would be if Simeone, for whatever reason, decides that he no longer has any use for the Frenchman, or indeed if the Argentine himself decides to move elsewhere over the summer.
But neither possibility seems likely to materialise: Simeone has previously voiced his desire to remain at Atletico beyond this season and one cannot imagine how losing his best striker, now with 23 goals this season, would be high on his ‘to do’ list.