Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone revealed he didn’t know where coveted striker Antoine Griezmann will end up next season given the increased interest in hid services and the rumour mill linking the French international to a number of clubs in Europe. Manchester United are reportedly leading the way for his signature, but the Atleti boss admitted he has no idea what the future holds for Griezmann.
“I don’t know where he’s going to go. There is a release clause (believed to be €100M) and there are no guarantees. From here on in, I don’t know what can happen. Griezmann would never allow me to demand of him to stay. The players that have given me their lives, I obviously accompany them in the decisions that they take. What is clear is that as long as Griezmann stays, the team and the club will continue to grow,” Simeone said.
Griezmann has scored and created 22 goals in 30 La Liga games for Atletico Madrid this season, helped the side to third in the table and the Champions League quarter-final. They still have plenty to play for in Europe, but their failure in the title race is alleged to have the manager considering his future. Griezmann has previously stated that he would only stay at the Vicente Calderon as long as Simeone did but has recently revealed his happiness amid all the exit talk.
The former Real Sociedad man doesn’t view the Premier League with rose-tinted spectacles either. He’s criticised the media intrusion of players and the considerably poor weather as two reasons why he might avoid a move to England, but has admitted wanting to play club football with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba recently – the club can comfortably afford him too. His future could be resolved at the end of the season.