Manchester United transfer target Antoine Griezmann suggests move to Real Madrid is unlikely

Mark Critchley
The Independent
Antoine Griezmann is European football's most-wanted man: Getty
Antoine Griezmann is European football's most-wanted man: Getty

Antoine Griezmann has offered a boost to his suitors at Manchester United after doubting that a move to Real Madrid is “achievable”.

The Atletico Madrid forward, who scored his side’s equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 Madrid derby draw at the Bernabeu, is a long-term transfer target for United and several other elite European clubs.

As revealed by The Independent last month, Griezmann has reservations over moving to the Premier League, leaving a switch across the Spanish capital as his only realistic option.

However, the France international believes such a move is unlikely given the historic rivalry between the two clubs.

“I do not rule out anything in the future, but I'm happy at Atletico and hopefully I can stay here,” he said.

“Interest from Madrid? I can't say "yes" or "no". You never know what can happen in football, but moving from Atletico to Real, I don't know if it's achievable.

“Very few players have done so. For this reason, I think it's dead,” he added.

Santiago Solari was the last high-profile player to move from Atletico to Madrid, making the move across the city in 2000.

Several players have turned out as a youth player for one of the Spanish capital’s clubs before switching allegiances, with Raul, the 228-goal Madrid great, being the most famous example.

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