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Dirty to leave now - Griezmann

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 6:00 AM
Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann (left) celebrates with teammate Diego Godin during a Spanish league match earlier this season.

PARIS (AP):

Antoine Griezmann has committed to staying at Atletico Madrid next season, saying it would be a "dirty move" to leave the club after its transfer ban was upheld.

The France forward, who was the leading scorer at last year's European Championship, has been heavily linked to a move to Manchester United in recent weeks.

He even said in one television interview that a move was "possible," with United having been ready to pay a release clause in his contract reportedly of more than €100 million (US$112 million).

However, speaking on football show 'Telefoot' yesterday, he made it clear he will stay in Spain for at least one more season, having talked it through with the club's directors.

"We decided that I will stay," the 26-year-old Griezmann said. "We've got another good season ahead."

Atletico's transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday. The FIFA ban prevents Atletico from registering new players until January.

"It's a hard moment for the club, for my teammates," Griezmann said. "So it would be a dirty move for me to leave now."

Atletico had lined up Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette as a potential replacement for Griezmann.

"It's sad for him, because he really wanted to come," said Griezmann, adding that he hopes his France teammate joins in the January transfer window.

Griezmann scored 16 league goals for Atletico last season, having netted 22 in his two previous seasons. He got his 16th international goal in Friday's 5-0 friendly win against Paraguay.