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La Liga 2016/17: I will not join Real Madrid, says a defiant Antoine Griezmann

Sumedh Pande
9.78K   //    28 Nov 2016, 11:08 IST
Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann has 9 goals to his name this season

Atletico Madrid talisman Antoine Griezmann has had a brilliant last season with the Rojiblancos and also helped his national side, France to reach the Euros final which was held in his homeland.

Having had such a brilliant run of form, the Frenchman was bound to attract potential suitors with a host of clubs lining up to lure the Frenchman away from the Vicente Calderon.

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He has always said that he is open for a move but has now made it clear that he won't move to Real Madrid due to his allegiance to Atletico. There have been rumours in the past one month linking him with a number of clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City and also city rivals, Real Madrid.

When asked about the Los Blancos' interest in him, the 25 year old also talked about a pact between the two clubs, Griezmann said, "I am feeling great at Atletico. It's true that I would like to win titles but I couldn't go to Real Madrid because of the rivalry. There's also a pact between the clubs."

The Frenchman spoke about a host of issues in an interview with Telefoot. French club PSG are another club who are interested in the forward but Griezmann denied any wish to move to the French capital.

On PSG's interest, he said, "PSG? They're an interesting club, but I don't like Ligue 1. I prefer LaLiga and the Premier League, but my goal is not to leave Atletico immediately." Jose Mourinho is also said to be an admirer since long of the blistering forward as the Portuguese sees Griezmann as the next player to wear the prestigious no.7 of United and wants him to replace the ageing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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Griezmann is also one of the contenders for winning the prestigious Ballon d'Or award in January but believes that his counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win it. He said, "It's a goal for me but Cristiano Ronaldo has just won the Champions League and the European Championship so he deserves. Lionel Messi is also there and will continue to score goals like every year, so it seems that they will both be difficult for me to overcome."


Though Griezmann has scored three goals in his past two games in the Champions League, he is yet to break his duck in La Liga since he last scored against Valencia on October 2. 

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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