Griezmann could leave Atletico Madrid this summer – Simeone
Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has admitted that Antoine Griezmann could leave the club this way and insists he would not block a move.
Griezmann is understood to be Manchester United’s major target once the transfer window opens.
United are willing to pay his €100million buyout clause.
When asked if the France international, who is contracted to Atletico until June 2021, could leave at the end of the season, Simeone told AS: “Yes, because there is a release clause and there are no guarantees. From here on in, I don’t know what can happen.
“I spoke to him in the summer holidays, we spoke a lot and he stayed. He told me that he would stay if I stayed. He then spoke to his agents to sign the [contract] documents.”
Simeone also said he would not force Griezmann into making any decision.
“Griezmann would never allow me to demand of him to stay,” Simeone said.
“I didn’t do it with [Diego] Costa and with [Radamel] Falcao. The players that have given me their lives, I obviously accompany them in the decisions that they take. What is clear is that as long as [Griezmann] stays, the team and the club will continue to grow.”