Manchester United’s pursuit of Antoine Griezmann may have taken a dent before it’s even begun.
The Frenchman is at the top of several club’s wishlists after finishing third in the Ballon d’Or, with United viewing him as an ideal replacement for Wayne Rooney.
However, not only does the Atletico Madrid star not intend to leave La Liga just yet, he also sounds as if he has a destination in mind.
“The United States is where I want to finish,” he said, via Goal.com.
“I love the States.
“I want to have a subscription to NBA and go with my children to every game. I can already see myself there.
“I do not yet know the city but why not play for Beckham’s franchise in Miami? Playing under Beckham would be the best.”
While most football fans would relish the prospect of Griezmann playing for Beckham’s team, his comments must come as a disappointment for United supporters who had been hoping he’d be arriving in the Premier League next summer.
This is all speculation for now, though Diego Simeone’s departure from Atleti in the next couple of years could speed up the process.
The only thing Griezmann would rule out was a controversial transfer to city rivals Real Madrid. He wouldn’t be the first to play for both clubs, team-mate Juanfran having gone the other way, but he was only a minor player at the time.
“I’m feeling good at Atletico Madrid,” Griezmann added.
“Frankly, I don’t see myself leaving.
“People often talk about England, but I’m here.
“And then, going from Atletico to Real, it must be difficult. I do not necessarily want to try. I don’t think about it.”