Atletico chief plays down talk of Griezmann leaving

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Participant is pleased at Atletico, says president Enrique Cerezo, as he laughs off discuss of a transfer to Manchester United.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has performed down hypothesis that Antoine Griezmann will be part of Manchester United in the summertime, telling Cadena Cope he’s “delighted” along with his present membership.

Griezmann is reportedly United’s prime summer time switch goal and stories declare they’re ready to pay the 25-year-old’s €100 million launch clause. In the meantime, France’s Canal Plus has acknowledged that private phrases have already been agreed.

Nevertheless, Cerezo stated: “Antoine is improbable and the reality is that he’s delighted to be at Atletico.

“It’s very troublesome for our gamers to go away as a result of they love life right here. The one factor that I can say is that Griezmann has a contract with us.

“The day that there’s something vital, that there are potentialities [for him to leave], I would be the first to announce it, however within the meantime there isn’t a likelihood.”

Cerezo additionally dismissed claims over whether or not he had spoken to Griezmann about stories he’s in talks with United, saying: “How can I ask Griezmann that if once I see him he hugs me?”

Atletico followers have change into accustomed to dropping their main gamers in recent times with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa all leaving Vicente Calderon.

“These gamers [Aguero, Falcao and Costa] left when everybody, together with me, thought-about that their cycle [at the club] had completed, however Griezmann is a powerful participant,” Cerezo advised Cadena Ser radio.

“We and our followers are delighted to have him with us and he has a few years left on his contract.”

Griezmann, who completed third within the Ballon d’Or vote behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, scored 32 targets in 54 appearances final season as Atletico completed third in La Liga and runners-up within the Champions League. This yr he has scored 15 targets in 31 appearances.

He was additionally the main scorer with six targets at Euro 2016, the place hosts France reached the ultimate earlier than dropping to Portugal.

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