With a prospective move to Manchester United keeping the rumour mill churning for what seems like an age, Antoine Griezmann has finally piped up to let everybody know that’s he’s perfectly happy at Atletico Madrid.
That said, in doing so, the French forward also revealed that he’s been studiously mulling over his options of late.
Speaking first to the FIFA website, Griezmann insisted that, while he’s not looking beyond the end of the current season, he has no grand plans to ditch Atletico at the moment:
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 have been 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.
About as bland and non-committal as you’d expect from a waffle with FIFA.
However, in an interview with French radio station RMC that went out on the same day, Griezmann spoke a little more freely about his options:
Who knows how the season will finish? If it finishes badly, maybe I will ask myself the question, but then where would I go?
In Spain, Barcelona have Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, and a move to Real Madrid would be impossible because I play for Atletico.
Germany is not a league that appeals to me, France, not right now.
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.
We suggest you grow up, buy a cagoule and get your ridiculously talented derriere to England, young man!