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Simeone will not tie Man Utd target Griezmann down

20:48 WAT 18/01/2017
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The 25-year-old will always draw interest from Europe's elite says the Atletico Madrid boss, who appeared non-committal on the idea of keeping him

Diego Simeone is not surprised to see Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann linked to Manchester United and will not keep hold of the star against his will.

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Griezmann has scored 12 goals in 25 appearances for Atletico this season, with United reportedly plotting a big-money move for the end of the campaign.

Simeone considers it natural that such clubs are interested in his striker, despite him only recently ending a three-month spell without finding the net in La Liga.

And while the coach acknowledged Griezmann's importance to his side, he is not prepared to deny the Frenchman an eventual transfer.

"I don't tie anybody down, I simply keep working to continue getting better for the sake of the club," the Argentine told a press conference ahead of Thursday's Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg against Eibar at the Vicente Calderon.

"He is in an extraordinary moment, is working well, has got back on the scoresheet and his form is good.

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"It is normal that the best teams in the world want him. I am not surprised that the teams who are looking are the ones who can afford him."

Jan Oblak is also rumoured to be attracting Premier League interest, with Manchester City thought to be keen on the Slovenia goalkeeper..

Simeone said: "We hope he returns in the best way and continues helping to keep things going well.

"From the moment he arrived he gave us the best respect, work and consistency, to the club and the team."