After scoring the equalising goal against Real Madrid over the weekend, Atletico Madrid’s forward Antoine Griezmann has refused to rule out a future move to Real even though he acknowledged that “very, very few players” have made the switch.
Earlier in the week Griezmann said that he sees himself staying at Atletico next season but his advisor has claimed that Real are amongst a number of clubs that have made enquiries.
Speaking after last weekend’s match he said, “I don’t rule anything out, but I am happy at Atletico Madrid.”
L’Equipe has claimed that Madrid are planning to lure Griezmann to the club during the summer of next year. The newspaper quoted Griezmann talking about the possibility of a move, “I cannot say yes or no, otherwise I will be in the shit. You never know what will happen in football but jumping from Atletico to Real, I do not think it is very feasible. Very, very few players have done that, so I think it is dead [the idea].”
He said that Eric Olhats, his sporting advisor, tells him when he is approached but said that for now he is happy where he is and “in a good mood.”
Hardly any players have made the direct switch from Atletico to Madrid, in the 1980s Hugo Sanchez did and the ex-Argentina international Santiago Solari did in 2000.
Real Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos said he would be happy to welcome Griezmann, “We’ll see. These types of signings make a lot of headlines and he’s a great player who’s been proving himself for a few years.”
Furthermore, Atletico coach Diego Simeone has said that he doesn’t know where Griezmann will end up, “I don’t know where he will go. Sometimes words are not enough to describe the happiness Antoine has. It is not just his qualities which are huge.”