Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has given the clearest indication yet that his short-term future does not lie at Old Trafford, by delivering an angry rebuttal to speculation linking him with a move away from the Vicente Calderon.
A key player for club and country during a stellar 2016 that also saw him crowned the world’s third best player in the recent Ballon d’Or awards ceremony, the Frenchman has continually been linked with a switch to the Premier League over the past 12 months.
Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils have been named as one potential bidder, but asked about his future in an interview with Spanish publication AS, the gifted 25-year-old poured cold water on talk of a move.
Manchester United have targeted France forward Antoine Griezmann, 25, and Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, 22. (The Times)— Transfer Central TNC (@TransferNewsCen) January 2, 2017
“I don’t like this question [surrounding my future],” he said. “I don’t appreciate these types of questions about my future because players like Cristiano, Messi or Bale aren’t asked about what is going to happen next year or where they are going to play.
“That’s why I don’t like it when they ask me either. I’m happy and enjoying myself at Atletico, don’t ask me about my future anymore.”
Griezmann, who has endured a topsy-turvy start to 2016/17 as part of an Atletico side currently underachieving in sixth place in the LaLiga table, has stuck 66 goals in 128 games for the Rojiblancos since his £25.5m move from Real Sociedad back in 2014.
He is valued at in excess of £60 million by Simeone’s men and remains under contract at the Calderon until the summer of 2021.