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Antoine Griezmann insists he is happy at Atletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann insists he is happy at Atletico Madrid amid reports linking him with a summer move to Chelsea.

The France international, who scored 25 goals in 54 games for Atletico last season, claims he has not heard from either Chelsea or Bayern Munich and is focused on continuing his development at the Vicente Calderon.

Griezmann was arguably the best signing of the 2014-15 campaign, netting 22 La Liga goals following his £24 million move from Real Sociedad 12 months ago, and has subsequently caught the eye of Europe’s biggest clubs.

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But when asked about the possibility of a move away from Atleti, Griezmann was not interested in discussing the recent speculation.

"Nothing’s been said to me about that and as I say, all I want to do is help my team,” the Frenchman was quoted as saying by Barcelona-based newspaper Sport. "I am only thinking about Atlético. I’ve only recently arrived at this club and I want to become an even better player at Atlético."

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Chelsea fans want Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann’s words will come as a blow to Chelsea fans, many of whom were excited by the prospect of the prolific winger lining up alongside Diego Costa and Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge this season.

Such a front three would have seriously boosted Chelsea’s hopes of not only retaining the Premier League crown, but also of winning the Champions League for the second time in their history.

Griezmann is arguably world-class

Griezmann, who turned 24 in March, is arguably one level down from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of quality - placing him alongside the likes of Luis Suarez, Neymar, Gareth Bale and the aforementioned Hazard.

Last season was no fluke: in his final campaign with Real Sociedad he scored a superb 20 goals in 49 matches.

But he has everything that he wants with Atletico for the time being: a guaranteed place in the first team, a decent salary, and a chance to win major honours.

Griezmann arrived at the Calderon shortly after Atletico celebrated their first La Liga title since 1996 - but the 2013-14 Spanish champions have made some interesting additions to their squad over the summer and should give Barcelona and Real Madrid a serious run for their money again next season.

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