Forward Antoine Griezmann admits he is beginning to tire of the rumors that he is to leave Atletico Madrid. The player has been linked to a high-profile move to one of Europe’s largest clubs.
The numerous reports mention Manchester United or Real Madrid as most likely destinations for the 26-year-old. Scouts for the clubs are said to have kept a close eye on the forward. It was even reported earlier this year that United forwarded a £60 million transfer bid for the player which Atletico turned down.
Griezmann’s contract is reported to include a release clause of around £85.5 million. Manager Diego Simeone admitted that this clause offers “no security” regarding the player’s future at the club. With the high level of interest for the player it could be a matter of time before one of Europe’s giants opts to pay the fee or manages to negotiate a deal with Atletico.
Antoine Griezmann admitted he is feeling stressed by the constant inquiries regarding his transfer. He says that despite the speculation he is happy with his place at the Vicente Calderon.
“I don’t know what to say – it’s always the same questions,” Griezmann commented on Thursday. “I’ve said it so many times, I’ve done a lot of front covers saying that I see myself here. I’ve already answered, I’m not going to do so again. I’m not fed up with it – but I nearly am.”
The Frenchman played a vital role in Atletico’s increase in stature in recent years. The player reportedly was considering asking to be made available for transfer at the end of the last season. His decision to remain at the club was made on the condition that Simeone would also continue as manager of the team.
Atletico face Real Madrid on Saturday with the knowledge that a defeat could compromise their objective for a top-three league finish. A victory for Real would have them earn a 13 point advantage over their Madrid rivals. However, Griezmann is still confident his team are not out of the race for La Liga title.
“We’ve been working in the last few days to reach the derby in the best way possible. It’s a very important game for the fans,” he told reporters.
“We hope it goes well. I hope we win. I don’t know – you never know. Last year, we were nine points off the top and in three matches we were level. We’ll try to win all the matches that we have left. We want to qualify for the Champions League – it’s our objective.”
Atletico are still in the running for the Champions League crown, as well. The team recently reached the final on two occasions, each time losing to rivals Real Madrid. They will now meet the unpredictable Leicester City side in this season’s Quarterfinals.