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Atletico boss Simeone: Antoine Griezmann ‘able to leave’

  • Manchester United were linked with Antoine Griezmann throughout last summer
  • Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says the striker will leave eventually
  • Simeone said Griezmann will go like '(Diego) Costa and Arda Turan were allowed'

By Jack Bezants for MailOnline

Published: 02:38 EST, 15 December 2017 | Updated: 03:57 EST, 15 December 2017

Diego Simeone has assured striker Antoine Griezmann that he will eventually be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid.

Griezmann was continuously linked with a switch to Manchester United and Barcelona across the summer but stayed in Spain, where he has scored seven goals in 18 matches so far this season.

Atletico have had a poor start to the season by their standards – they are third in La Liga but dropped out of the Champions League and into the Europa League after finishing third in a group containing Chelsea and Roma.

Diego Simeone has said Antione Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone has said Antione Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid

The Atletico manager said Griezmann will be able to go like Diego Costa and Arda Turan wereThe Atletico manager said Griezmann will be able to go like Diego Costa and Arda Turan were

The Atletico manager said Griezmann will be able to go like Diego Costa and Arda Turan were

It has led to speculation that France international Griezmann will again look to seal an exit from Atletico next summer and Simeone accepts he will eventually have to see the striker leave.

'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'.

Griezmann said in his autobiography that he would be open to joining Manchester UnitedGriezmann said in his autobiography that he would be open to joining Manchester United

Griezmann said in his autobiography that he would be open to joining Manchester United

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