Manchester United transfer target Antoine Griezmann is staying put, says Diego Costa

Diego Costa declares Antoine Griezmann will not sign for Man Utd or Barcelona
Diego Costa reunited with Antoine Griezmann this season (Picture: Reuters)

Diego Costa has insisted he believes Antoine Griezmann will remain at Atletico Madrid, because the Frenchman spent so much time begging him to come back to Spain.

Atletico re-signed Costa from Chelsea last summer and the goalscorer has revealed Griezmann called him every day to urge him to return to Madrid.

Griezmann is the subject of intense transfer speculation and is continually linked with a switch to Manchester United and Barcelona.

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But, Costa has dismissed the reports surrounding the future of his team-mate as he cannot envision Griezmann leaving Atletico after he put so much time into luring him back to the club.

‘He knows that we want him, that he is a very important player. He is still with us and he has not told me he is going yet,’ said Costa.


‘I would be happy for him to stay, everyone has to look for the best for themselves but, in my opinion, the best for him is to stay.’

France's forward Antoine Griezmann smiles during a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on March 21, 2018, as part of the team's preparation for the friendly football match against Colombia. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
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epa06617559 Spain's forward Diego Costa attends a press conference of the Spanish national soccer team at the Ciudad del Futbol in Madrid, Spain, 20 March 2018. Spain faces Germany on 23 March and Argentina on 27 March 2018 in international friendly soccer matches. EPA/ZIPI
Costa cannot see Griezmann leaving (Picture: EPA)

Costa added: ‘He called me every day to tell me to return to Atletico and now he’s not going to leave me. That cannot be, he is going to stay.’

United and Barcelona are both prepared to spend big to secure Griezmann, who is currently on international duty with France.

Griezmann rejected a move to United last summer in favour of signing a lucrative contract extension with Atletico.

Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann (L) celebrates with Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Diego Costa after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match between Atletico Madrid and Celta Vigo at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium in Madrid on March 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
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The forward spoke out about his future this week and insisted he does not want to travel to Russia for this summer’s World Cup with the transfer saga still hanging over his head.

‘I want to travel to Russia without this concern,’ he told L’Equipe.

‘It’s not about knowing where I’ll play, but about having the peace of mind if I’m still in one place or another.

Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures

Swansea (H) – Sat Mar 31
Manchester City (A) – Sat April 7
West Brom (H) – Sun April 15
Tottenham – FA Cup (N) – Sat April 21 or Sun Apr 22
Arsenal (H) – Sun April 29

Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann thanks supporters after the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 second leg football match between FC Lokomotiv Moscow and Club Atletico de Madrid on March 15, 2018 in Moscow. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
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‘It may be boring, but I have told my sister that, whether I stay or not, this will have to be resolved beforehand [the beginning of the World Cup].

‘What bothers me the most is that everyone asks me about this issue.’

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