Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has insisted that Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann wants to stay in Spain amid rumours of a potential move away.
Jose Mourinho came close to securing Griezmann’s signature over the summer but the Frenchman decided to remain loyal to Diego Simeone in response to Atletico’s transfer ban being upheld.
But Man United’s interest in the forward has persisted after his release clause was halved to around £85m ahead of next summer’s transfer window.
However, Cerezo once again made it clear that the 26-year-old didn’t want to depart the Wanda Metropilano any time soon.
“That is what he is saying and nowhere has he said he wants to leave us, in fact he has said the opposite,” he said. “He has a contract with Atletico.”
Cerezo’s remarks differ quite significantly from what the man himself said about his predicament at Atletico earlier this month.
“I have stayed mainly because of the transfer ban,” he revealed. “Atletico needed me now more than ever and I felt I had to stay.”
“It would be dirty to leave. I wouldn’t have been myself, or the person that I feel I am today, if I had left this club in that way.”
His current presence in Simeone’s side, therefore, is grounded in a kind of moral obligation he feels towards the club rather than any personal attachment.
So Cerezo is right when he says that Griezmann does want to be at Atletico. But with Diego Costa and Vitolo set to join the ranks in January when the club’s ban is lifted, you have to wonder how long that will remain the case.