Antoine Griezmann has admitted regrets over talking up the prospect of a Manchester United move back in the summer.
The Frenchman appeared to be on the verge of joining Man United after they qualified for the Champions League, even noting on French TV that there was a “six out of ten” chance of the move happening.
However, Griezmann decided to remain at Atletico Madrid after an appeal against a transfer ban was turned down, meaning Diego Simeone couldn’t make any signings until January.
And the forward has admitted that he regretted openly discussing a potential move to United over the summer, which would have undoubtedly dampened his relationship with the Atletico faithful.
“I want to make the most of this great football moment and help the fans enjoy themselves,” he said. “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”.
Griezmann’s relationship with Atletico this season has been peculiar to say the very least, ranging from actually shouting back at the home crowd during a game to keeping the La Liga title race race by netting ten goals in his last seven games.
He came desperately close to becoming a United player in June, so much so that Paul Pogba, a close friend of his, posted an Instagram story of him performing Griezmann’s trademark celebration with the caption: “soon”.
But that ship has sailed, with the No.10 set to join Barcelona at the end of the season instead.