French forward Antoine Griezmann has admitted his regret at talking up a move to Old Trafford during the last summer’s transfer window. In an interview with French TV show Quotidien, the 26-year-old suggested that he had a ‘6 out of 10’ chance of joining Manchester United, though a deal never went through.
Atletico Madrid failed to have a transfer embargo overturned at the Court of Arbitration which restricted them from signing players until the start of 2018, and this urged the Frenchman to remain committed to Diego Simeone’s side.
In a report covered by M.E.N, Griezmann has admitted that he should have avoided the comment, as this may have dampened the relationship between him and the Atleti faithful, he said: “I want to make the most of this great football moment and help the fans enjoy themselves.
“I’m happy about this cheering and I admit that I might have made some mistakes. I said some things that I shouldn’t have (about a possible transfer to Manchester United) and I regret to have asked the fans to shut up a few weeks ago regarding something I did they didn’t like.”
The £100m star started the 2017/18 season in a relatively slow fashion as he struggled to find the scoresheet on a regular basis. However, his form has picked up of late with 10 goals in the last seven games, and this has propelled Atleti to within five points off leaders Barcelona, whom they play over the weekend.
Despite being a long-term target for Manchester United, it now appears that Griezmann could make a surprise switch to Barcelona at the end of the season.