Antoine Griezmann has indicated he will stay with Atletico Madrid as he feels he does not have to move again to “reach the next level”.
The Frenchman has been widely regarded as the world-class striker Manchester United need in order to challenge on all fronts and while he admits he did have concerns when rumours circulated about Diego Simeone’s future, he believes his current club provides the environment that will allow him to reach the very top of his game.
“I had some doubts [about my future at Atletico Madrid] last summer when there were reports Simeone could leave,” Griezmann said.
“I called him and he told me that he would stay. So I stayed as well. I have a lot of respect for him and feel that he believes in me. I need to stay with him and work for him a bit more.
“But that does not necessarily mean I would follow him if he leaves Atletico.
“My team-mates here really appreciate me. I have reached this level thanks to them. I get better every week. I need them and I love playing for Atletico. I do not think I need to move to reach the next level.”
Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has warned Anthony Martial that he is running out of chances at Old Trafford and been told to “win his position”.