Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he had several offers to leave Atletico Madrid this summer amid interests from Premier League big boys Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea.
The France international was the top scorer at Euro 2016 and fired Diego Simeone’s side to the Champions League final.
Griezmann enjoyed a marvellous 2015-16 campaign, scoring 32 goals in all competitions for Atletico before going on to star for France at Euro 2016, netting six times as the hosts reached the final.
He was unsurprisingly in demand this summer but he insists he never thought about leaving the Spanish capital.
“Offers? I have always been very clear, I have no intentions of leaving Atletico, Cholo [Simeonoe] and my team-mates,” he told Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“Yes some calls arrived but I didn’t listen to them. I have no doubts: I have the will and desire to win something with Atletico.”
Griezmann also admitted he speaks regularly with United star Paul Pogba.
“I speak to him often these days, we’re close friends,” he added.
Earlier this month reports suggested Arsenal are preparing a £85.5 million bid for the Atletico Madrid hitman before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Back in June, the France international caused quite a stir when he was filmed looking rather sheepish having been captured, or at least appearing to have been, tinkering with the tactics of Chelsea on the popular football management simulation game. Rumours suggested he was coaching Chelsea!
Manchester United were also reportedly scouting the stylish attacker and United fans even hoped that he could join his compatriot Pogba when Griezmann praised the new Old Trafford signing recently.
Griezmann has developed into one of Europe’s most impressive performers. His excellent goalscoring record, allied to an infectiously positive style, puts him in the mix among the most coveted attacking players.
Along with Real’s Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, Griezmann makes up the three-man shortlist for Uefa’s award for best player in Europe. The result will be confirmed next week.
Griezmann’s efforts for France at Euro 2016, where he finished the competition’s top scorer with six goals, has enhanced a stature that was already on the rise with his consistently exciting forays with Atletico.