Atletico striker Kevin Gameiro has insisted that he hopes his teammate Antoine Griezmann will stay in Madrid amid strong interest from Manchester United, but admits the final decision is down to the player.
The 26-year-old French sensation has been heavily linked with United for a summer move to Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho looking to bolster his attacking line for a title push next season.
And Griezmann’s compatriot has shed some lights on the forward’s talents and iterated he could go on to bigger and better things. When asked if he believes Griezmann is one of his most talented teammates, Gameiro told Omnisport: “I can’t say that because I played with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [David] Beckham… great players at PSG.
“But Antoine is a great player and I think he can go even higher and I hope for him that he’ll do it. For me, it’s a pleasure to play with him. We have fun on the pitch, and you can see it every weekend.
“I hope that he won’t leave, but that’s his choice, and we’ll see what happens.
Griezmann has notched 14 goals in 27 La Liga appearances for Diego Simeone’s side this season and is the club’s top scorer. He even carried his form into the international break, scoring in France’s 3-1 win over Luxembourg on Saturday.
Manchester United will be more than happy to add that firepower to their attack next term to ease the burden on talisman Ibrahimovic.
The forward moved to Vicente Calderon for £24 million in 2014 after five impressive seasons at Real Sociedad. But with Mourinho looking forward to a serious challenge for the Premier League title next season, United will be looking to test Atletico’s resolve this summer.