Antoine Griezmann, who is currently on international duty with France, has shed some light on his future via French television.
The Atletico Madrid forward has said that his future lies with his current employers but added that the situation would only change if the manager, Diego Simeone, left.
The Argentine boss has repeatedly overachieved in both La Liga and the Champions League during his five-year tenure in Madrid and Griezmann has been a key figure in his squad over the last few seasons.
As such, the flying Frenchman has regularly been linked to Europe’s traditional heavyweights and most wealthy clubs.
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This summer was no different, especially after the player claimed the Golden Boot at the European Championships in his homeland.
PSG are one of few clubs in the world who could afford to buy him and they courted the 25-year-old for most of the window.
Atletico fans will hope that their recent success will mean the days of their best players leaving for their illustrious cross-town rivals are over. Speculation however, remains in the Spanish capital, that Griezmann is seen as an eventual replacement for Ronaldo at Real.
The former Real Sociedad man is also know to be close to Paul Pogba, prompting rumours that he could be the subject of a huge bid from Manchester United next summer.
Meanwhile, Chelsea and their bottomless pit of Russian rubles have also been touted as a potential suitor of the gifted attacker.
His recent comments will only pacify the nervous Atleti faithful to a certain extent. The player is most likely genuine when he says that he is happy with his current club but by promising to remain only as long as the manager, he offers little guarantee or long-term commitment. His contract runs until 2021 and his boss’s until 2020.
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The problem for the club is that Simeone is just as hot a property as their star player. The 46-year-old is one of the most sought-after coaches on the planet and many thought that after suffering a second Champions League final heartbreak, he might walk away from Vicente Calderon with a view to testing himself elsewhere.
It is surely only a matter of time before he seeks out that opportunity. For now at least though little movement can be expected.
Most potential destinations have recently made managerial appointments and Atletico have permitted Simeone to invest significantly in his squad for another tilt at glory. They have outspent both of their main rivals this summer.
Antoine Griezmann: “I called Simeone before extending my contract and he confirmed to me that he was staying.” pic.twitter.com/W4QpZt6jsF
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Griezmann’s comments are effectively confirming what most in Spain are thinking.
Rojiblancos fans should enjoy the good times while they can, without concerning themselves too much about the future.
Simeone and Griezmann are both pivotal to their chances over the next couple of seasons but the departure of either could have a domino effect on the squad.
The club themselves however, are carefully planning for the future and a move to a new 72,000 capacity stadium is scheduled for next season.