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Atletico Madrid superstar turned down a summer approach from Manchester United

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According to a report from Sky Sports, Manchester United had approached Antoine Griezmann during the summer transfer window. But the player declined to entertain the offer and prioritised a permanent stay at Atletico Madrid.

Manchester United had approached Griezmann when their footballing director John Murtough and recruitment consultant Tom Keane flew to Madrid to facilitate the transfer of Casemiro.

At that time, Griezmann was at Atleti on a two-year loan deal from Barcelona that was set to expire in 2024, with Atletico Madrid having a mandatory purchase clause worth €40 million if the Frenchman had played 45 minutes or more in 50% of the matches he was available for.

As the valuation was too high for Los Colchoneros, Diego Simeone was forced to utilise the services of the 2018 World Cup winner only after the 60th minute of matches. This led to an awkward period for Griezmann, even though he was highly valued by the coach.

Manchester United considered this a market opportunity and had asked Griezmann whether or not he was exploring other options. But the attacker responded firmly and doubled down on his desire to make the move to Atleti permanent.

The former Real Sociedad starlet succeded when Atletico Madrid reached an agreement with Barcelona in October, with the Catalans slashing the purchase option fee to half.

Even after the deal, however, the offers have not stopped for Griezmann, especially after an excellent World Cup campaign that saw him lead France into the final of the coveted competition for a second time in a row.

Griezmann, though, feels happy with his life at the Civitas Metropolitano. He has become a crucial attacking outlet for the club this season, racking up seven goals and nine assists in all competitions. He may only consider an exit if Diego Simeone leaves the club.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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