Antoine Griezmann has snubbed a move to Chelsea by announcing his future lies with Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea have been a long-term admirer of the 24-year-old but Griezmann has admitted he is happy in Spain.
Speaking in a news conference, the winger said: “I’m fine here, I’m at ease," reported the Daily Mail.
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“I want to continue here and I think the club’s intention is not to sell, so I’m not going.”
Griezmann has been in fantastic form for Diego Simeone’s team, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, and his comments will come as a blow to a Chelsea team eager to improve their squad.
Chelsea probably won’t be able to offer Champions League football next year and could miss out on a number of their targets as a result.
Also hurting the Blues’ allure is the heightened appeal of Manchester City and Manchester United. With Pep Guardiola taking over at the Citizens and Jose Mourinho rumoured to be close to joining United, Chelsea - whose manager for next season is unknown - are not as attractive as their biggest rivals.
Conte's the target
According to the Daily Mail, Italy manager Antonio Conte is on Chelsea’s shortlist to be Mourinho’s permanent successor, the Portuguese sacked in December with the Blues in 16th place.
The Mail added that Conte will try to make Paul Pogba, who he signed at Juventus, his big-name summer signing for £70 million.
Conte must hope his relationship with Pogba will sway the French star into signing for Chelsea. City are reportedly interested in recruiting the 22-year-old and the chance to join Guardiola’s revolution and earn mega wages is a huge pull.
That said, Conte and Pogba did win two Serie A titles together.
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