Griezmann cools talk he could join United or Chelsea

Date published: Saturday 12th March 2016 10:55

Antoinne Griezmann: Reportedly held talks with Arsenal

Antoine Griezmann has cooled talk of a move to Chelsea or Manchester United and claimed: “I have no desire to leave Atletico.”

The 24-year-old is fully focused on helping his team advance in the Champions League and then playing for France at Euro 2016 this summer, despite transfer rumours suggesting he is a target for two of the Premier League’s big guns.

When asked about a potential return to his native France in the future, he told Radio Monte Carlo: “Maybe,” Griezmann said. “You never know in football but right now I’m not thinking that far ahead.

[My career], in this moment, passes through trying to go as far as possible in the Champions League and winning the European Championship,” he said.

“I only think about that and I have no desire to leave Atletico.”

Griezmann, who in January claimed he was happy in the Spanish capital, later revealed that his representatives were holding talks with Atleti to extend his contract and increase his release clause.

The France international’s current deal runs until 2020 and includes an €80 million release clause, but reports in Spain last month said the club planned to increase that to €100m and offer him a bumper new salary.

But one thing is for sure all the speculation from England has not unsettled the former Real Sociedad star, who is enjoying playing for Diego Simeone.

“He lets me play with a lot of freedom, even when I have to drop back and help the defence,” added Griezmann. “It requires a great effort from every member of the team and we need to put in a lot of intensity in our training sessions.

“Preparing properly in July and August is also very important. Our strength lies in the power of the team. Physically, we are ending games better now than we were before and that’s all down to the hard work we have done in advance.

“And I have learned a lot from [Simeone] in terms of tactics – both defensively and in attack. I’ve learned a lot and I hope to continue learning more.”

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