Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has surprisingly revealed that he is not interested in signing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, despite intense recent speculation linking the France international with a big-money summer move to Stamford Bridge.
Griezmann, 24, has been one of the best-performing players in Europe this season, having scored an eye-catching 25 goals in 54 matches from the left wing.
But Mourinho, despite admitting the Frenchman is a “great striker”, insists he is not interested in bringing Griezmann to west London.
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“Griezmann is a great striker,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard, “but is not within our objectives to strengthen the squad for next season.
“We are not interested.”
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Griezmann named Atletico's MVP
Atletico confirmed earlier today that Griezmann had been voted as the club’s Most Valuable Player of the 2014-15 campaign by the fans, who must have been pleasantly surprised with the impressive number of goals scored by their summer signing this season.
Although Griezmann had scored 20 goals for Real Sociedad last term, most expected it would take a little bit of time to adjust to the demands of Atletico boss Diego Simeone.
Griezmann has become a better player since arriving at the Vicente Calderon and it’s no surprise that some of Europe’s biggest clubs reportedly have an interest in securing his services.
But the man himself insists he is more than happy, for the time being, to stay put with last season’s La Liga champions.
“I’m good at Atletico,” he commented. “I just arrived and I’m not a player who moves after the first year. I still need to learn and know that I can do it here and get very far at Atletico. I hope I can. I do not know if interest from other clubs is true or not because they are rumours. I am happy at Atletico.”
Chelsea might be wrong club for Griezmann
Griezmann would be a magnificent signing for any top side looking to bolster their attacking options - but this is a player who should be starting matches, rather than sitting on the bench.
If he went to Chelsea there’s a good chance Mourinho would deploy him in an unfamiliar position, out on the right flank, in order to accommodate Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.
But Griezmann is most effective coming in from that left wing position, drifting into the middle and sniffing out chances inside the penalty area.
Even if Mourinho isn’t interested, there are plenty of managers at top clubs who most certainly are.
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