Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo rubbishes Antoine Griezmann’s move to Premier League Club Manchester United and Troll Them as labels them a ‘small team’,
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has called Manchester United Small Club when asked if Antoine Griezmann would be heading to Old Trafford this summer.
Frenchman Griezmann is understood to be one of Manchester United’s top targets in the summer transfer window and he could link up with his friend Paul Pogba.
But Cerezo says he expects the 25-year-old to honour his contract at Atletico Madrid – which runs until 2021.
Manchester United Small Club : When asked if Griezmann was Old Trafford bound, Cerezo told Marca: ‘Manchester United? A small team.
‘I believe in the contracts that people sign, and that goes for Diego Simeone and Griezmann.’
The club have even indicated they would be willing to hand the French midfielder the number seven shirt – worn by his idol David Beckham.
But Atleti president Cerezo claims United will be disappointed in their pursuit of Griezmann because the player will be staying with the La Liga club Manchester United Small Club .
Cerezo said with a smile: “Manchester United? Small team.
“I believe in the contracts that people sign, that goes for [Diego] Simeone and Griezmann.
“Every time I see Antoine I give him a hug. Antoine is a fantastic player and loves life at Atletico.
“I don’t know what Manchester United’s interest is but Griezmann will be at Atletico for a long time”
Despite the claims of Cerezo, United remain confident they can get the deal over the line this summer and have the finances to pay what Atleti are wanting.
Griezmann only signed an improved contract last summer which doesn’t expire until 2021, so the Spanish club know they are in a strong position as a selling club.
Antoine Griezmann could wear the number seven shirt if he joins Manchester United
Cerezo’s public stance is seen by United as little more than an attempt to force the asking price up, with Griezmann having a release clause in his contract of around £90m.
Atletic would prefer thee fee to rise higher than the £60m figure currently on the table, though they know the player is keen to move on this summer.