Antoine Griezmann explains Atletico and Real Madrid's transfer "pact"

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With each passing week, it seems more and more likely that Antoine Griezmann will be on the move next summer.

The Frenchman has dropped a number of hints about his future since Euro 2016, with many pointing towards a potential transfer to Manchester United.

Indeed, earlier this month he revealed how he talks to Paul Pogba regularly about playing at Old Trafford and under Jose Mourinho.

"I always ask Paul Pogba about Manchester United," he told Sky Sports Germany. "I think they are a huge club with a really good infrastructure.

"I ask Paul about some of the players, and if they’re really that good, or if Jose Mourinho is really that good."

Griezmann then added more fuel to the fire in a recent interview with Telefoot by explaining how he would prefer a move to the Premier League over Ligue 1.

"PSG are interesting but I am not interested in Ligue 1," he said. "I prefer La Liga or the Premier League, but it is not my goal to leave."

By doing so, Griezmann all but ruled out a move to long-term admirers Paris Saint-Germain.

There have also been rumours of a shock switch to Real Madrid, but according to the France international, Atletico have a "pact" with their rivals regarding transfers.

"It's true that I love to win titles, but I couldn't go to Real Madrid, not with the rivalry that exists and there's also a pact between the clubs," he added.

"Right now I feel great at Atletico, my goal is not to leave Atletico immediately."

Griezmann’s agonising wait for La Liga glory looks set to continue this season, with Atletico fourth in the table and nine points behind leaders Real (33).

It’s not without trying that Griezmann and co. find themselves so far off the pace given the 25-year-old has scored and assisted six and four league goals respectively thus far.

Real have simply been a class above everyone else, with Zinedine Zidan’s men unbeaten and six points ahead of Barcelona, who are their closest challengers in second.

If it's titles Griezmann loves, then perhaps a move to the Premier League - but not specifically United - would be best after all.

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