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Filipe Luis reveals the real reason Antoine Griezmann didn't join Man United

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Before Romelu Lukaku became Manchester United's goalscoring machine, Jose Mourinho had other ideas.

It seemed early on in the summer that the Special One had his heart set on Antoine Griezmann or Alvaro Morata, but neither deal came to fruition for very different reasons.

Morata ended up with Chelsea and it seemed United had problems negotiating with Real Madrid while Griezmann, nor anyone else for that matter, wasn't allowed to depart Atletico after their transfer ban was upheld.

Because Atletico could not sign a replacement for the French international, Griezmann could not go.

However, Griezmann did rate his chances of joining United in the future 6/10 last summer, so surely it'll happen eventually, right?

Not according to former Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis.

The Brazilian claims that Griezmann was simply angling to up his value with the Spanish giants and used United's interest to do that.

"[Griezmann] is a kid who speaks very clearly," Luis told El Mundo. "Often players talk when they feel they are not being valued as they deserve.

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"Then they get more attention. He would have had many offers from many teams.

"A player of his size wants to be up with the biggest in terms of contract and value. And that is fair - as Griezmann is doing great here."

Luis says that despite the interest, the new deal that Griezmann signed in the summer proves his desire to remain in the Spanish capital and that's what he always wanted.

"In the end, for all the talk about other clubs, he always wanted to stay here and he is still here, happy and liking it.

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"For sure, he can stay much longer. We hope the fans understand this and everything gets back to normal, although he has been scoring goals, and goals cure everything."

United aren't missing Griezmann too much right now. Lukaku is red-hot with 10 goals in 10 games for the Red Devils and both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have started the season on fire alongside him.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come back into the side after his injury too, maybe everything worked out for the best?

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