Antoine Griezmann has denied reports that he phoned Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to inform him of his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer, but did not rule out the possibility of a move to s different club in the future.
“No, no, no. No, that’s totally made up. False,” he told FourFourTwo after being questioned on whether he spoke personally to Mourinho. “It was my decision. I communicated it to the club. That’s it.
“I have stayed mainly because of the transfer ban. Atletico needed me now more than ever and I felt I had to stay. It would be dirty to leave. I wouldn’t have been myself, or the person that I feel I am today, if I had left this club in that way.”
Reports suggest that Griezmann’s buyout clause remains at €100m, and that has led to speculation that United could once again attempt to secure his signature next summer.
Griezmann, though, has refused to be drawn on such rumors.
“To be honest, I don’t know. I’m going to be playing for Atletico next season and after that we’ll see. All I am thinking about now is Atletico Madrid. I think it’s absurd to talk about something that is more than a year away.”