Saul Niguez has opened up about Antoine Griezmann’s future at Atletico Madrid amid speculation surrounding a summer move to Manchester United, noting that he could not confirm whether or not the Frenchman would be at the Vicente Calderon next season.
Atletico manager Diego Simeone admitted that the Frenchman, reportedly Jose Mourinho’s primary target ahead of the transfer window, could leave the Spanish side over the summer.
The 26-year-old, however, has recently issued a statement in which he made it clear that he was happy under Diego Simeone.
And Niguez, speaking to Goal, noted that, while he couldn’t predict his destination for next season, Griezmann was enjoying life in Spain.
“Will Griezmann be here next year? We do not know that. Neither you nor me,” he said.
“But every time he talks, he always shows his appreciation to the club, he is happy, he is happy with the players, his life in Madrid is very beautiful, and he is very happy. I think he’s happy. ”
“If it were up to me, Griezmann would be with me next year!”
Perhaps it is worth taking a step back as Man United fans and realising that, before anything else, the focus ought to be on reaching the top four before contemplating which superstar would figure best in the starting XI next season.
There is only so much the United badge can espouse. The bottom line is that Griezmann, perhaps the most sought after striker in world football at this given time, would scoff at the idea of moving to a club that has only managed to qualify for the Champions League once over the last four seasons – a notion that amplifies the importance of Mourinho’s men enjoying a strong end to the season.