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Griezmann confirms Atletico Madrid stay

But reports have emerged since suggesting it was Griezmann who'd had a change of heart.

Following Atletico's transfer ban which has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Griezmann has admitted that it would have been a blow to have left the club this summer.

With that post, coming conveniently following the failure to overturn a transfer ban, it seems that the player has his heart set on a Madrid stay.

Atletico had been tipped to move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette in the coming months but will now be unable to sign players until January 2018. "It's a hard moment for the club, for my teammates", Griezmann said.

But yesterday it emerged the interest had cooled just hours after Atletico's ban had been upheld by CAS. With my advisor Eric Olhats we have chose to stay.

Both Atletico and Real saw initial appeals rejected by Federation Internationale de Football Association last September, although CAS reduced Real's sanction in December, allowing the European champions to recruit new players as of this summer. There is still a attractive season to be done and we hope to get some new signings in January.

United fans, though, are hopeful that Paul Pogba can steer Griezmann to Old Trafford due to the friendship that they have formed in the France camp. It would be dirty move to leave now.

"We had the same problem as Real Madrid".

Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and has scored 83 goals in 160 games for the club, with whom he reached the Champions League final in 2016. Record appearance-maker Ryan Giggs believes Mourinho can ill-afford to not sign a forward and foresees the club returning to sign Greizmann later in the summer.

"I'm not so sure that we've heard the end of that", he told Sky Sports.

"United need goals, all the teams I played in there was goals from everywhere".



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