French superstar Antoine Griezmann has dropped a massive hint that he is staying at Atletico Madrid.
The Atletico Madrid superstar took to Instagram and posted a photo of him donning the club shirt, with a caption that read: “and now more than ever”.
Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United and Jose Mourinho is ready to trigger his £87million release clause to land him at Old Trafford this summer.
Wayne Rooney is now on the brink to make his way out of Man Utd and it is believed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be available for one more season. At such a juncture the Red Devils are now keen on landing Griezmann in the summer as they look to secure their long-term future with a marquee striker.
And if Man Utd match his release clause, Atletico Madrid would not be able to prevent Grizmann from negotiating personal terms.
But with Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban upheld on Thursday, the club bosses would be unable to replace their superstars if they leave this summer. And now it is believed that this might be the reason why Griezmann has decided to stay loyal to the Los Rojiblancos.
This will be a huge blow for Manchester United, who were keen on securing the services of the French superstar and may well have to shift their focus elsewhere for roping in a top striker this summer.
United have also been linked with Alvaro Morata and Kylian Mbappe this week.
Griezmann revealed on Wednesday, and insisted that his future is in the hands of the Atletico Madrid president – Enrique Cerezo.
He said: “I am good at the club. My agents are talking with Atletico and we will see what happens.”
“My future will be decided this summer. If I do leave this summer, the date will depend on the qualifying phase of the World Cup.”
“I am happy here. I have spoken with the manager, with Koke and (Diego) Godin. It is in the hands of the president of the club. We will see how it goes.”
Atletico Madrid on Thursday had their ban on signing new players upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Atletico had appealed against the FIFA ban, which was imposed as the result of irregularities in the signing of underage foreign players for their youth system and which forbids them from adding to their squad until January 2018, in the hope of seeing it overturned, as had happened with neighbors, Real Madrid.
However, their appeal was rejected, and the club will not be able to add to their squad until the summer, although Atletico would be able to sign new players and loan them to other clubs until the January 2018 transfer window opens.