Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has played down reports linking him with a move to Chelsea by insisting he’s happy with life in Spain.
The France international, who has a deal at Atletico until 2020, has established himself as one of the best forwards in Europe and has netted 36 goals in 72 appearances for the club since his 30million euros move from Real Sociedad last year.
Griezmann has been mentioned as a January target for troubled Chelsea, as well as someone of Europe’s other big guns, but the 24-year-old told the Canal Football Club that he is happy in Madrid.
“I do not feel the need to play in Ligue 1, nor in the Premier League or in Serie A,” Griezmann said. “I am in Spain – I’m happy. Life here, football, I like it all.”
Atletico faces Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday, with a draw against the Portuguese side enough for them to top Group C.
“We want to win all our games and we’ll go out to look for the win,” he added.
Benfica got the better of Atletico in their first group stage match – winning 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon – and Griezmann is aware of the dangers the side poses.
“The game in Madrid was very difficult; they have great players in attack that can cause problems at any time,” he continued. “We need to be combative and try to win to secure top spot in the group.
“Now we know each other better, we are playing with confidence and we’re difficult to score against. Our defense is very tight and I hope it remains like that.”