Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has failed to rule out a future move across the Spanish capital to Real Madrid, although he acknowledged that “very, very few players” have made the switch.
Griezmann, who scored a late equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against rivals Madrid on Saturday, said earlier this week that he sees himself remaining at Atletico for next season.
However, the France international’s advisor has claimed that Madrid are among a number of clubs to have made an enquiry about Griezmann, who failed to dismiss talk of a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu after Saturday’s derbi.
“I don’t rule anything out, but I am happy at Atletico Madrid,” he told reporters in the mixed zone after the derbi.
According to L’Equipe, Madrid are planning to lure Griezmann to the club during the summer of 2018.
L’Equipe quoted Griezmann on the subject of a move to Madrid in further depth.
“I cannot say yes or no, otherwise I will be in the s—,” he said. “You never know what will happen in football but jumping from Atletico to Real, I do not think it is very feasible.
“Very, very few players have done that, so I think it is dead [the idea].”
He added: “Eric Olhats, my sporting advisor, takes calls and speaks with me. We are happy to get these calls but for now, I am happy here and in a good mood.
“As I often say, I am here. When we speak about Real and Atletico, it is not good for the fans or the club. I continue to work hard, to enjoy my football and I am happy on the pitch as you saw today.”
Very few players have made the direct switch from Atletico to Madrid, but former Mexico international Hugo Sanchez did so in the 1980s and ex-Argentina international Santiago Solari in 2000, while Raul Gonzalez had started out as a youth player at the Vicente Calderon.
Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said he would be happy to see Griezmann arrive.
“We’ll see,” Ramos said in Marca. “These types of signings make a lot of headlines and he’s a great player who’s been proving himself for a few years.
“Madrid always opens its doors to great players.”
Atletico coach Diego Simeone conceded after Saturday’s game that he is unsure where Griezmann, who has a contract at the Vicente Calderon until 2021, will end up.
“I don’t know where he will go,” he told a news conference. “Sometimes words are not enough to describe the happiness Antoine has. It is not just his qualities which are huge.
“He is a player who works hard, runs a lot from box to box and works along with the midfielders. All of these things excite me, not just from him but from any player — coming from a really talented player even more because it is more difficult.
“When a talented player gives everything, as Griezmann does, it is a pleasure to watch how he plays football.”