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Griezmann still keen on MLS move after Barcelona contract expires

14:10 GMT+3 19/06/2021
Antoine Griezmann Barcelona 2020-21
A move to America has long been one of the striker's objectives and he hopes to make it happen three years from now

Antoine Griezmann says he still wants to move to the United States after his contract at Barcelona runs out.

The France international said last year that a spell in MLS has long been one of his career objectives .

The 30-year-old still has three years left on his contract at Camp Nou and says he could then end up leaving Europe to experience the American lifestyle and watch basketball.

What has been said?

Asked if he will move to MLS at the age of 32 or 33, Griezmann told Le Figaro : "I still have three years to go. I have to pay attention to my body, because at any time it can change.

"My contract with Barcelona runs until June 2024 and after that I think it will be the right time to go to the United States.

"I love this country, the culture, the NBA and the desire for adventure attracts me, but I also have a family that I would have to move out there.

"I would like to end my career there but still be good enough on the pitch and win MLS, instead of coming in with nothing to give and looking like nothing on the pitch. That wouldn't make sense."

How has Griezmann performed at Barcelona?

Griezmann was Barcelona's second top scorer in La Liga last season.

The former Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid star netted 13 times as the Camp Nou side finished third in the table.

He also chipped in with two goals in the Champions League and three in the Copa del Rey, including one in the final as the Catalan side beat Athletic Club 4-0.

How is he doing with France?

The forward is a regular starter for Didier Deschamps' France side.

He struck in each of their pre-Euro 2020 friendly wins against Wales and Bulgaria and played the full 90 minutes as they beat Germany 1-0 in their first game of the tournament.

France are in action again on Saturday when they take on Hungary and will then finish off the group stage with a match against Portugal.

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