Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has played down talk of a potential move to the Premier League by claiming that he has “doubts” about relocating to England.
The French international has attracted the interest of Europe’s biggest clubs after rising to stardom under the guidance of Diego Simeone in Spain and his crowning moment came last summer when he was voted the best player at the 2016 European Championships. Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked with the 25-year-old in recent months, but Griezmann has distanced himself from any a move to the Premier League.
“I feel great at the club and in Madrid. On a personal level I’m very happy and in football terms we’re about to move to a new stadium which is very important. [Diego] Simeone has changed me. He’s brought so many things to my game. I wouldn’t be regarded as one of the best players in the world if it weren’t for him. We’ll just have to see what the future brings, but for now I’m very happy here and I hope to win trophies with this club.”
Griezmann initially started his career with Real Sociedad, who signed him as a 14-year-old, but has risen to prominence after joining Atletico for £24million in 2014. The forward is now one of the most sought after talents in world football but the Frenchman suggested that a move to England would not be his preferred option.
“Who knows how the season will finish? But then where would I go?”
“As for England, I do watch the Premier League but I have doubts about the lifestyle. Rain, bad weather, I need to be happy off the pitch. I like the style of play in England and that the referees let the game flow and the grounds are always full, but the Spanish league is better suited to my style of play.”
Griezmann’s comments will undoubtedly come as a disappointment to Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United supporters who would have been hoping to see the 24-year-old sign for their club in the summer. It now appears that the Frenchman will remain in Spain, if not with Atletico then possibly with Barcelona or Real Madrid.
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