Griezmann gives a big hint he does not want to join Manchester United
Antoine Griezmann has admitted he has ‘a lot of doubts’ about making a move to England’s Premier League, in comments that appear to be a big blow to Manchester United’s hopes of signing the Frenchman next summer.
United have made no secret of their desire to sign the Atletico Madrid striker, with club sources doing little to dampen down speculation that they will make a move to sign Griezmann in a deal that could be worth up to £85m.
Yet in an interview with RMC, Griezmann has suggested the scrutiny on his private life in England and the inclement weather could be key reasons why he might prefer to stay in Spain.
“I have a lot of doubts about moving to England,” stated Griezmann, in quotes appearing in the Daily Mirror.
“In England, there are many doubts about my private life. All that is rain, bad weather ... I need to be happy outside.
“Who knows how the season will finish. If it finishes badly, maybe I will ask myself the question. For the moment, it is not relevant.”
Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with moves for Griezmann next summer, with these comments suggesting he favours playing his football in Spain’s top flight as he compared leagues across Europe.
“Germany, the league does not attract me much,” he added. “France, not for the moment. And England, I have a lot of doubts about my private life. Everything like rain, bad weather… I need to feel happy outside."
“I like teams that are intense in England. Yes, I watch the English championship.
"The referees let play, the stadiums are always filled, but if I have to choose one, it’s the Spanish championship.”
These comments are unlikely to end the Greizmann transfer rumours, but they appear to dampen down expectations that he is already lining up a move to United.