Life must feel pretty sweet for Antoine Griezmann right now.
The 25-year-old is competing for major trophies with a brilliantly hard-working Atletico Madrid side and is learning under one of the world’s best coaches in the form of Diego Simeone.
Furthermore, he will be one of the first names on Didier Deschamps’ team-sheet at Euro 2016 in his native France this summer.
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However, according to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, it’s by no means certain that Griezmann will still be at the Vicente Calderon next season.
Both Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly keen on the versatile French forward, who has scored 54 goals in 101 appearances since joining Atleti from Real Sociedad in the summer of 2014, and Griezmann is reportedly the only player in Simeone’s ranks whose future is in doubt.
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Balague on Griezmann's future
“The plan is to do so,” Balague revealed on Sky Sports when asked if Atletico plan to hold onto their star players. “Antoine Griezmann is perhaps the only one in doubt. Simeone wants to take the team to the new stadium next season and Griezmann isn't rushing to leave either - but he's going to wait and see what offers arrive, and then take a decision.
“Everyone else is planning to stay on at Atletico, so we'll see how the summer pans out.”
Could Griezmann cut it in the Premier League?
Griezmann has a €100 million release clause in his contract, which United or Chelsea might be tempted to activate this summer.
However, there are concerns that the Frenchman doesn’t possess the required physique to flourish in the Premier League.
A source close to the Atletico star recently said that he is “not ready for a move to England” - per the Daily Mail - although the recent success of Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, who is also of slight build, suggests Griezmann would have no trouble adjusting to life in England’s top flight.
Ginola: Griezmann is close to Neymar's level
Former Tottenham and Newcastle United winger David Ginola believes Griezmann is on the verge of reaching the same level as Barcelona’s Neymar and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller.
"In terms of his own abilities, he has the potential of a Neymar or a Thomas Muller but he has to show consistency over several years," the former Premier League star told France Football this week, per ESPN.
"[Chelsea's Eden] Hazard, who was the sensation of last year, has flagged since. I'm not worried for Griezmann -- this guy who has moved up several levels in the last few weeks.
"He's gaining in maturity -- you see that in the risk-taking that he allows himself in the game in order to destabilise defences.
"He likes to provoke things with the ball at his feet -- it's a sign of great confidence in himself.
"As well as that, he's never injured. He's a dream for a manager. All the top clubs are interested in him."
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