GRIEZ­MANN BACKTRACKS

Manch­ester United tar­get says trans­fer ru­mours are ‘un­founded’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ATLETICO Madrid striker An­toine Griez­mann has dis­missed re­ports he has al­ready agreed to leave this sum­mer but stopped short of com­mit­ting his fu­ture to the club.

Griez­mann has been strongly linked with a move to Manch­ester United, with the odds on the trans­fer go­ing through seem­ingly only im­prov­ing af­ter United’s Europa League win guar­an­teed them Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball next sea­son.

A num­ber of re­ports sug­gested per­sonal terms had al­ready been agreed with the deal set to be rub­ber-stamped.

He fanned the flames ear­lier this week when he sug­gested his move to Manch­ester United had a six out of 10 chance of go­ing through this sum­mer.

How­ever, the France for­ward used Twit­ter on Fri­day evening to re­ject those re­ports while ad­mit­ting his fu­ture is un­cer­tain.

“All the ru­mours are un­founded,” he wrote. “I’m still Col­chonero. My di­rec­tion will be es­tab­lished af­ter dis­cus­sion with my sport­ing ad­vi­sor.”

Ear­lier on Fri­day, he cast fur­ther doubt over a po­ten­tial exit from the Vi­cente Calderon by in­sist­ing he wants to win tro­phies un­der Diego Sime­one at Atletico Madrid.

“It has been a great year and I hope I can get bet­ter and win tro­phies with this team,” Griez­mann told the Atletico Madrid web­site.

“I will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble. We are very happy. We have reached our ob­jec­tive, we maybe wanted more, but it could not be.

“We have new goals for next year,” he added.

“I have to play fix­tures with my na­tional team and then I’ll go on hol­i­day to en­joy some free time, be­ing with my fam­ily and friends, and then I’ll come back more ea­ger than ever.

“Next sea­son, my first hope is to work on the sign­ings, then the team and then, in San Rafael, build the same dy­nam­ics that we’ve had for a long time.”

Griez­mann, who has scored 26 goals in 53 ap­pear­ances for Atletico this sea­son, has a £86 mil­lion (RM473 mil­lion) buy­out clause in his con­tract, and is said to be top of Jose Mour­inho’s wish-list this sum­mer.

Torino striker An­drea Belotti and Ever­ton’s Romelu Lukaku are also on the Special One’s short­list along with Burn­ley de­fender Michael Keane. Daily Mail

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