Diego Simeone has confirmed that Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid.
The 26-year-old is reported to be a target for a number of Europe’s largest clubs, with Manchester United linked with a move for the France international last summer.
Antoine Griezmann is expected to remain at Atletico for the remainder of the season, but it appears he has been given the all clear by Simeone to leave the club in the future.
‘Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way (Diego) Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave,’ he told L’Equipe.
‘I love my players a lot and I love to see them grow. I am not ungrateful.
‘If a player comes to me and says, ‘Coach, I have a once in a lifetime chance to play for a certain team, I want to leave’. If he did all he could for me as Griezmann does, I’ll say it’s no problem. I know that he needs to grow.
‘Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave.’
Griezmann wrote in his autobiography that he would be open to a move to United.
‘It all depends on various factors. Manchester United is a possibility. I have nothing against England – except for the weather’.