Atletico Madrid chairman Enrique Cerezo has insisted that Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann will not leave over the summer.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague recently noted that Griezmann, now prepared to leave Atletico, would contemplate a move to Man United if they qualified for next season’s Champions League.
And with Champions League football now guaranteed, Jose Mourinho will reportedly complete the deal for the 25-year-old by the end of June.
But Cerezo, when asked about the Frenchman’s future, was adamant that he would play at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico’s new ground, next season.
“Griezmann will stay here,” he said. “Not here at the Calderon, but at the Wanda.”
Cerezo has been a prickly figure on the subject of Griezmann, relentlessly batting away any rumours of a move away for his prized asset all season.
But the sudden noise surrounding the Frenchman’s future following a long spell of silence points towards a switch being flicked somewhere down the line.
Something has clearly disrupted what was a seemingly dormant transfer story: even his teammates – surely a more reliable gauge of Griezmann’s mindset going forward than Cerezo – have expressed doubts over his future, and Mourinho’s latest comments suggest that Ed Woodward’s first task will be to land the 25-year-old before pre-season.