Chelsea and Man United suffer blow in race to sign £79m striker

Chelsea and Man United look set to be disappointed after Antoine Griezmann confirmed desire to stay at Atletico Madrid

Chelsea and Manchester United are set to be disappointed in the race to sign Antoine Griezmann this summer after the striker committed his future to Atletico Madrid.

The France international is one of Europe’s hottest prospects ahead of the summer transfer window after having scored 32 times in 53 La Liga games for Los Rojiblancos this season.

The Red Devils were thought to be keen on the forward as Louis van Gaal or his potential successor look to bolster the club’s attacking options ahead of next season.

Chelsea, who are set to hand over the reins to Italy head coach Antonio Conte in the summer, were also linked with a £79m bid for the Atletico front-man.

However, the 25-year-old has revealed that he would even reject Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid in favour of staying at Vicente Calderon.

“If Zidane calls me [and asks me to join Real] I will say that I’m at Atletico,” Griezmann told Canal Plus.

“Zidane is a great person, but I’m here.

“I’m even talking to renew my contract.

“I hope [the talks] will succeed.”

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Griezmann is part of Didier Deschamps’s France squad for Euro 2016 on home soil this summer.

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