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.