Antoine Griezmaan has been heavily linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid by French paper L’Equipe.
The paper focused more on the 25-year-old’s nomination for the Ballon D’Or, and believe that he deserves to win the prize as the best player in the world ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and attempted to convince the readers to vote for the striker.
However, the article also mentioned that Griezmann may leave Atletico Madrid soon, with clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United lurking.
The Frenchman has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford before, but put such rumours on hold when he signed a new five-year contract with Atletico this summer. The deal saw a massive buy-out clause inserted into the player’s new contract. But as we’ve already seen with Paul Pogba this summer, United are not one to shy away from paying a hefty fee if they feel the player is worth the money.
L’Equipe: It’s a matter of ‘when’ Antoine Griezmann will leave Atletico Madrid. pic.twitter.com/ZRBuDsUhB5
— José Mourinho-MUFC (@Utd_JM) September 20, 2016
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Griezmann also rubbished claims that he wanted to leave his club, saying he would only consider moving if coach Diego Simeone left the club.
“The only doubt (I would have about staying at Atletico Madrid) would be if Simeone leaves for PSG or wherever,” he told the French media.
“I called him before extending my contract and he confirmed to me that he was staying. I can learn a lot from him.”
The striker probably wouldn’t have expected his statement to become a reality. Simeone sent shock waves throughout the club when he announced that he would be reducing the length of his current contract by two years, meaning he could leave the club by 2018 instead of the initially agreed 2020.
However, the Argentine refused to rule out the possibility of another extension, saying the shortening of his contract didn’t necessarily mean he was leaving the club.
“We’ve decided this situation along with the club’s directors and it does not mean we will not renew again when the contract ends,” he said at a news conference.
“We continue to show what we feel for the club. It doesn’t bother me that people speculate about my future but the fact I’m here is because I want to be here.”