Struggling Griezmann does not regret stay at Atletico

MADRID • Atletico Madrid's France forward Antoine Griezmann has no regrets about staying at the LaLiga club despite a difficult start to the season which has seen him booed by his own fans.

The 26-year-old was linked with a move to Manchester United in the last transfer window but signed a new contract with Atletico after the club were banned from registering new players until January due to the illegal transfer of minors.

The Frenchman has endured his worst campaign so far in his four seasons with Atletico, who are in fourth place and 10 points behind leaders Barcelona, also on the verge of their earliest exit from the Champions League since 2009.

Diego Simeone's side, finalists in 2014 and 2016 and semi-finalists last season, face AS Roma tonight with their fate in qualifying for the last 16 out of their hands.

"I don't regret staying, it was my choice and I would make it again even if we had lost seven games in a row," Griezmann said on French television programme Telefoot on Monday.

He was booed for a lifeless display against Real Madrid on Saturday, with fans also appearing to take issue with comments the forward made in the French media saying he would one day like to play with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite his troubles, Griezmann ruled out a quick escape from the club in January.

"I haven't always expressed myself well. I said I would like to play with Neymar and Mbappe, but that doesn't mean I want to go to PSG," he said.

"I'm happy with my games for France but only with two or three for Atletico.

"I have to improve and find my best form."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 22, 2017, with the headline 'Struggling Griezmann does not regret stay at Atletico'. Print Edition | Subscribe