Jose Mourinho’s squad revamp at Old Trafford for the summer may have taken a huge hit today.
Manchester United spent record amounts of money on their squad at the start of the season and though they are lingering in the 6th place in the points table, they are in a decent position to lift more than one trophy this season.
They have lifted the League Cup already and are in with a chance in the Europa League as well as the FA Cup but qualifying for Europe could be Mourinho’s biggest aim this season and that will help them land some top transfer targets in the summer.
The manager has been looking at some of the biggest names recently but one such player who has today given Manchester United a huge blow is French international Antoine Griezmann.
The Atletico Madrid superstar is among the best strikers in Europe at the moment and his returns in the last couple of years have seen a number of clubs scout for him this season.
Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to pay £89m for his services in the summer but the Spanish outfit are keen on keeping him for a longer time. It was understood that Mourinho was confident of landing the 25-year old at the end of the season but Griezmann, in a recent interview has put the club under pressure.
Speaking to Spanish TV station RTVE, Griezmann said that he was extremely happy at the Vicente Calderon at the moment and that he has no reason to look elsewhere at the end of the season.
“I’m very happy here, Griezzman told the Spanish TV station.
“Weather helps a lot. The team-mates I have are the best, a top manager. So I’m very good here, there’s no reason to change,” he added.
The French star has 20 goals in 27 games for the Spanish outfit this season and his goal in the win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League broke a club record that stood for more than 40 years.
That was his 13th goal already this season in Europe and which is the highest by a player for Ateltico Madrid for almost half a century till date.
Griezmann also spoke about this record and revealed that he is proud to be a part of the Atletico Madrid history and that he wants to have more such moments at the club in years to come.
“I’m proud to become part of Atletico’s history with my goal and hopefully I can carry on making history here,” he said.