Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has revealed he is an avid watcher of Manchester United. The 25-year-old Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months and Griezmann admitted to taking a keen interest in the fortunes of his international teammate Paul Pogba in the Premier League.

The duo bonded while representing France at Euro 2016 and Griezmann is keen to see his friend succeed at United, following his world-record transfer to the Reds.

"We get on very well," the reported United transfer target told L'Equipe regarding Pogba. "The Euros brought us even closer – he's a really nice guy. We send messages, Snapchats. When he plays for his club, I try to watch to see if he's had a good game or not."

Griezmann – who signed a new long-term deal at Atletico, setting his release clause at €100m (£87.5m, $111.6m), earlier this year – previously revealed that criticism they both received in light of their Euro 2016 opener against Romania helped to bring him closer to Pogba.

"Pogba and I have been brought closer thanks to the French press," Griezmann told Onda Cero. "Before the game against Romania we were the two aces that were going to win everything, and after that they said that we're the worse ones and that we had to be dropped from the starting line-up. That criticism made us friends."

The reported United transfer target also admitted to being a fan of Pogba's outgoing nature. "I love his personality. He dances, laughs, he provided a very good atmosphere into the dressing room and on the pitch he is very good," he said of United's record transfer.

"Many people said that he started badly at Manchester United because he was not scoring goals. People think he is going to shoot from 50 meters and score an impressive strike ... But he works very hard for the team and with the ball he is a genius."