Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has reiterated that Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann is not for sale despite reports stating he was edging closer to a move away.
Man United appeared to be on the verge of securing the Griezmann’s signature back in June following prolonged speculation but the Frenchman decided to remain loyal to Diego Simeone following a failed appeal against a transfer ban which would have meant the club could have only replaced him in January.
But talk of a potential move to Old Trafford has not died down: United are believed to have shelved, rather than abandoned, their interest in the forward back in the summer and Atletico officials are becoming growingly frustrated at his recent performances.
However, Cerezo, speaking to Marca, one again made it clear that Atletico were determined to keep Griezmann beyond this season.
“We have made a great effort to keep him [Griezmann] and all of the players,” he said.
“In these moments, the problem that Griezmann has had is that a series of new stories, that always arise, that say that the most important teams in Europe want him did not benefit him.
“Griezmann is and will be an Atletico player. He is an important player, he is at an important club and wants to win things with Atletico.”
The 26-year-old told supporters over the summer that he was an Atletico player ‘more than ever’ after deciding to stay at the Wanda Metropilano rather than venture elsewhere, but you can’t help but feel as if that statement hasn’t aged particularly well.
For one thing, Griezmann is not the indispensable member of the starting XI that he was last season, with Simeone now looking towards younger talents like Angel Correa – not to mention the incoming January arrivals of fan favourite Diego Costa and Vitolo.
And with his release clause set at around £90m – a bargain in today’s market for a player of his renowned quality – you can only imagine that United will have to join a long queue to snap up the Frenchman next summer.