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Griezmann: I want to win titles, I am ready to leave

He says playing nice football and scoring is not enough anymore

Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Antoine Griezmann is ready to leave Atlético Madrid if it means winning titles, according to L’Equipe via Marca.

The French striker said, “We finished third, that was the objective, but the players want more. I want to win titles, it gets to a point when playing lovely football and scoring goals is no longer good enough. That is over. To win titles, that is what I will look at in the summer when the time comes to decide my future.”

He continued, “With Atlético, we got to a final and a semi-final of the Champions League, we are close, but we were missing something. The club has to look at what that is. It will depend on the signings. I don’t know if they understand but the players, you the media, my family, know that I like to play football to win titles. To live strong emotions. This time I want to taste it. To see what it feels like.

“Today, if I have to move it would be no problem for me. It could be England because it’s in fashion, Germany, China or the United States. I am ready to go.”

This comes just a day after Griezmann said on French television that there was a six out of ten possibility that he would join Manchester United this summer.

Either Griezmann really is leaving or he is giving Atlético’s board of directors a proper kick up the arse when it comes to their transfer dealings provided the transfer ban is lifted. It is a risky game, however, as he is alienating a large chunk of the fanbase in speaking so openly about leaving the club. Despite his openness and constant reminders of his fluid situation, there are conflicting reports suggesting he has a special connection to Diego Simeone that means he will stay one more year. But that said, what he does next is anyone’s guess.