Atletico Madrid president speaks out about the chances of Antoine Griezmann joining Man United

by Leo Nieboer

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo doesn’t believe there is any possibility of Antione Griezmann joining Manchester United – or any other club – in the near future.

It was rumoured earlier in the season that Jose Mourinho had touted the Frenchman as his main priority for next summer’s transfer window.

Griezmann, speaking ahead of France’s World Cup qualifier with Sweden last week, admitted his desire to play alongside Paul Pogba at some point in his career.

However Cerezo, speaking on Onda Cero, dismissed any possibility of Griezmann leaving the Vicente Calderon.

“I don’t believe there is any possibility of Griezmann going to Madrid, or to any other team,” he said.

Griezmann’s whereabouts over the next year hinges heavily on one man – Diego Simeone. The Argentine took Atletico from Real Madrid’s local whipping boys to a group of vicious world-beaters, and Griezmann – alongside so many others – has flourished under his tutelage.

Should Simeone decide to stay, Griezmann may see no need to look further afield. He leads the attack of an Atletico side feared wherever they go, dominating on a domestic and continental basis all year round. Why leave that behind?

However, should Simeone leave, Griezmann – perhaps reluctant to live in an inevitably murky ‘post-Simeone era’ – may feel very tempted to link up with Pogba and Co at Old Trafford.

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