Man Utd target Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid, confirms Simeone

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The France star was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford last summer before signing a new contract in the Spanish capital

Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid "at some point", according to coach Diego Simeone.

Griezmann, 26, has been heavily linked with an Atletico exit, with Manchester United among the clubs reported to be interested.

The France star - who has also been linked with Barcelona - revealed he had a “six out of ten” chance of joining United last summer, before signing a new contract at Atletico.

However, Simeone says Griezmann is free to leave the Liga giants, just as Diego Costa and Arda Turan once were.

"I love my players a lot and I love to see them grow. I am not ungrateful," he told L'Equipe.

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"If a player comes to me and says, 'Coach, I have a once in a lifetime chance to play for a certain team, I want to leave'. If he did all he could for me as Griezmann does, I'll say it's no problem. I know that he needs to grow.

"Of course Griezmann will be able to leave at some point, the same way Costa and Arda Turan were allowed to leave."

Griezmann has scored seven goals in 18 matches in all competitions this campaign, having netted at least 25 times in each of the past three seasons.

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