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Atletico Madrid star Griezmann reveals why he rejected Arsenal

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has revealed in his new book ‘Behind the Smile’ that he brushed off interest from Arsenal after they let him down in 2013, reports The Mirror.

What’s the story?

Griezmann has become one of Europe’s best forwards over the years for his heroics at Atletico.

The France international’s career could have taken a different path when he was at Real Sociedad in 2013.

In his new autobiography, Griezmann has revealed that he was keen on signing for Arsenal when the club’s scout Giles Grimandi made contact with the player’s agent.

However, a bid never came in for the attacker and he vowed not to join the North London outfit in the future due to the way he had been treated.

According to The Mirror, Griezmann wrote:

“I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting. When there was no news, Eric called Grimandi, who said that the manager was still interested in me [and] to keep waiting.

“Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. I don’t like to be told something and for it not to happen.

“So when Eric told me later that the London club were interested again I told him ‘Forget it, after the blow they gave us’.”

Will Griezmann be playing in England next season?

During the recent summer transfer window, widespread reports claimed that Manchester United were keen on signing the forward.

In the end, though, the Frenchman stayed put, with many suggesting that Atletico’s transfer embargo persuaded him to remain loyal to his club of three years.

Next summer could be a different story, but a recent report in The Independent has indicted that United have cooled interest in Griezmann due to the positive form of Anthony Martial.

The Atletico star would be a welcome addition to the Premier League, but given the financial clout of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, it may be tough to convince the forward to move to England.

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