Antoine Griezmann admits he’d like to play at club level with Paul Pogba

by Leo Nieboer

Atletico Madrid striker and Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has admitted he’d like to play alongside Paul Pogba at club level at some point during his career.

It was reported earlier in the season that Jose Mourinho had placed Griezmann at the top of his list for next summer’s transfer window.

Griezmann has developed a close relationship with the 23-year-old after the pair supported each-other in the wake of a barrage of criticism thrown their way following France’s lukewarm performance against Romania at Euro 2016.

Speaking ahead of France’s game with Belgium this week, Griezmann entertained the prospect of playing alongside Pogba at club level in the future.

“I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United. I think they are a huge club with a really good infrastructure,” he said. 

“I ask Paul about some of the players, and if they’re really that good, or if Jose Mourinho is really that good.

“You hear a lot of things [speculation] about Manchester United and Paris St-Germain but right now I don’t see me moving to a new club.

“But It would be awesome to play alongside Paul one day.”

This is by far the clearest hint of a potential move to Old Trafford for Griezmann. The Frenchman has, on several occasions, expressed a desire to perhaps look elsewhere once Diego Simeone finally leaves the Vicente Calderon, and it seems as if the prospect of playing alongside Pogba has added to the incentive.

The pair, in response to the criticism they received following France’s opening game of the Euros, established an explosive punishment over the summer, combining power and vision with speed and tenacity to dismantle the likes of Ireland, Iceland and Germany on route to the final. Such chemistry is seldom found in the modern game, and United fans will be hopeful to see such a partnership blossom further under Mourinho.

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