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Premier League clubs warned Antoine Griezmann might struggle in England.

Premier League clubs warned Antoine Griezmann might struggle in England

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It’s no surprise that Antoine Griezmann is being linked with a big-money move to the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has been magnificent for Atletico Madrid this season and, in the opinion of many, is now a world-class forward.

With 29 goals in 45 matches this term - the third successive campaign in which Griezmann has scored at least 20 goals - it’s hard to disagree with that opinion.

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Manchester United and Chelsea are two of the clubs interested in bringing the gifted France international to England this summer.

Scouts from both clubs have run the rule over Griezmann this season, although it’s understood that Chelsea are further along in their pursuit of the versatile forward.

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Concerns over Griezmann's physicality

This is according to the Daily Mail, who claim that sources close to the Atletico Madrid star “suggest he is not ready for a move to England”.

The reason? Well, there is genuine concern that Griezmann lacks the physicality required to flourish in the Premier League.

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The Frenchman is hardly the most physically-imposing forward in La Liga - he stands at 5ft 9in tall and is on the slim side - and was rejected by his boyhood team Lyon when he was younger for being too small.

His slender frame hasn’t been a problem in the Spanish league, but matches in the English Premier League are widely regarded as more intense and physically demanding.

Mahrez proves small players can succeed in England

However, a slight physique has not proved an issue for the man expected to win the PFA Premier League Player of the Year award in the next few weeks.

Riyad Mahrez has been extraordinarily good for league leaders Leicester City this season, proving that players who aren’t the strongest can shine in English’s top division.

“Everybody was saying to me: ‘Riyad, England is not for you, it is too physical, too strong. Spanish football would suit you better,’” Mahrez revealed in an interview with the Guardian back in September.

“They said I was too skinny, everyone will push you off the ball.

“I had a good technique but physically I wasn’t too strong. And I wasn’t fast. But I always worked hard.”

Griezmann also works hard to his team

Griezmann is similar. He might not be the strongest, but he works hard for his team.

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The former Real Sociedad star would not be part of Diego Simeone’s team if he didn’t.

Griezmann 'pondering' move away from Spain

The Daily Mail’s report adds that Griezmann, following two years at the Vicente Calderon, is pondering a move away from Spain.

He has been advised to stay in Madrid for at least one more season, but if one of the interested Premier League clubs activates his buyout clause - which stands at €100 million - Atletico may have no option but to reluctantly sell their prized asset.

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