Antoine Griezmann claims Manchester United star is a ‘genius’ with the ball

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Antoine Griezmann is arguably the most sought-after footballer in the world right now.

The 25-year-old has been exceptional since his move to Atletico Madrid from Real Sociedad, where he first caught the eye, in the summer of 2014.

Griezmann scored 25 goals in his first season at the Vicente Calderon and followed that up by bagging 32 goals in 54 appearances during his second campaign in Madrid.

In six matches this season, Griezmann has netted five goals. He currently leads the race for the Pichichi alongside Barcelona’s Luis Suarez.

Oh yeah… and he won both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards at the European Championships in the summer.

Chelsea and United both keen on Griezmann

It was reported last week, by the London Evening Standard, that Chelsea are prepared to trigger Griezmann’s £85 million release clause.

But it’s understood that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is also keen on the world-class Frenchman, who is a very good friend of the Red Devils’ £89 million summer signing Paul Pogba.

Griezmann talks about friendship with Pogba

Griezmann and Pogba spent time together on holiday in the United States after Euro 2016 and it’s clear that the two superstars have a close friendship.

In an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Griezmann revealed that he became close mates with Pogba after they were both criticised following France’s Euro 2016 opener against Romania.

‘The French press brought Pogba and I closer,’ Griezmann commented. ‘Criticism after the Romania game made us friends.’

Griezmann: Pogba is a 'genius' with the ball

The Atletico star also described Pogba as a ‘genius’ with the ball.

United fans will be inclined to agree after the midfielder’s superb display against Leicester City on Saturday.

The former Juventus star has endured a frustrating start to life back at Old Trafford but, with Wayne Rooney out of the team, Pogba played a commanding role in the emphatic 4-1 victory.

Gary Neville: This was Pogba's best performance

"A lot of people are asking '£90million for a midfielder?' You have to influence the game," former United captain turned Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "Today he influenced the game. It was the best I've seen him.

"If you think about what you want your central midfielder to do for £90m, you want him to pass well, you want him to run forward, you want him to be a threat in the box, which he was, he scored a goal.

"You want him to be dynamic, you want him to actually sprint back and have an impact defensively.

"There were a couple of instances there and it seemed there had been a big emphasis on that in the week from Jose Mourinho that you have to sprint back, it's a given, but maybe he wasn't doing it the last few weeks.

"There seemed to be a greater intent in his defensive work today and getting back and reacting to giving the ball away. He had the facets of what would be an all-round midfield player."

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