Antoine Griezmann has not discussed Atletico exit amid Barcelona links

Antoine Griezmann has not discussed Atletico exit amid Barcelona links
From ESPN - November 21, 2017

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has said there is no way he is leaving the club in January, and clarified recent comments in which he appeared to express an interest in joining Paris Saint-Germain.

Griezmann, 26, almost left for Manchester United last summer, before signing a new contract as a FIFA transfer ban meant Atletico could not sign an immediate replacement.

Diego Costa -- who joined from Chelsea -- will be available to play for Atletico following La Liga's winter break, leading to claims Griezmann could then move on with Barcelona reportedly preparing a 100 million bid.

But the France international rejected a suggestion put to him on TV show Telefoot that he already had an agreement with Atletico club chiefs to leave in the winter.

"No," Griezmann said. "I have not spoken about that with the president. Plus Diego Costa and Vitolo will come in so we will try and keep the team high enough, then those two reinforcements will be good for us."

Griezmann said that people had misunderstood his off-the-cuff answer when asked last week whether he could play in future with PSG stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

"I did not express myself well," he said. "In the game 'yes or no' they asked me would I like to play with Mbappe and Neymar? I replied yes, but that does not mean I want to go to PSG."

Griezmann said he had no regrets over his summer decision to remain at the club, despite only scoring three club goals so far in 2017-18, and being whistled by Atletico supporters when substituted in the 0-0 draw at home to Real Madrid on Saturday.


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