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Antoine Griezmann has denied he wants to leave Atletico Madrid after recent reports claimed that the French international wanted to move to the Premier League in the summer amid Chelsea interest in securing his services. The 24-year-old forward insisted that neither he nor the club are interested in parting ways, and says he is happy under Diego Simeone.
Daily Mail claimed earlier this week that the former Real Sociedad star had told close friends he wanted to move to England, providing a big boost for Chelsea. The Blues are ready to make an attempt to secure his signature at the end of the season after failing to lure him to Stamford Bridge last summer.
But asked in a press conference whether he is considering leaving the Vicente Calderon, Griezmann replied, as quoted by Marca: "I'm happy here, I'm comfortable, I want to continue. I do not think that the club want to sell me so I am not going to leave."
Griezmann has become a leader of Simeone's side since his arrival from Real Sociedad in the summer of 2014, having scored 44 goals in 88 appearances for Los Colchoneros.
AS recently reported that despite the Frenchman having signed a new deal just last season, Atletico Madrid were ready to reward him with a fresh contract in order to increase his €80m (£61.9m, $90.1m) release clause to €100m. This would be done with the intent of warding off interest from Chelsea, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo also sent a message to Chelsea, claiming that the club do not want to sell the star and that the player is not thinking about a "blue princess" either.
"Players play where they want to play. Right now, Griezman's thoughts are not on a sheik or blue princess coming to sign him," Cerezo said. "His thoughts are at Atletico Madrid, he wants to be at Atletico Madrid. He proved this by signing a renewal recently."