Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has spoken out about his future with the Rojiblancos, suggesting it’s the club and not he who will decide where he lines up next season. The French international has been linked with Manchester United throughout the campaign, but Griezmann has reaffirmed his commitment to Atleti and has made no claim of wanting out.
“As I have said so many times in the past, I have a contract with Atletico. I am happy here and so is my family. And besides, to leave, first the club has to want to sell me, right? I try to be happy out on the pitch and give my best for the fans. Everything is going well,” he said. The 25-year-old has scored and created 21 goals in 27 starts in La Liga this season and is reportedly earmarked by United as a result of his form in recent years.
Griezmann helped France to the final of Euro 2016 last summer and finds his stock as high as it can be this campaign. However, Atletico’s performance in the division could be the deciding factor as manager Diego Simeone is expected to call time on his lengthy stay at the Vicente Calderon if they miss out on a Champions League spot in the table. Griezmann previously said he’d follow the manager out of the door but insists he’s not looking to leave.
Manchester United have benefitted from summer-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has scored 15 goals in 25 Premier League appearances. The Swedish centre-forward has yet to extend his deal at Old Trafford past the summer so United are weighing up bringing in a world-class replacement. Griezmann certainly is on their shortlist and may set them back in excess of €60M, according to various reports. However, any potential deal may take the majority of the summer to hash out.