Antoine Griezmann apologies to Arsenal defender: I’m staying at Atletico

Antoine Griezmann rules out move to Arsenal despite Laurent Koscielny's best efforts to convince forward to move to London

Antoine Griezmann has apologised to Laurent Koscielny after ruling out a move to Arsenal in the near future.

The France international’s future has been a source of relentless speculation this season after Griezmann’s impressive form for los Rojiblancos over the past few seasons in the Spanish capital.

The Sun reported on Tuesday that Manchester United are hoping to open negotiations with Griezmann over a potential big-money switch to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window.

With plenty of speculation linking Griezmann with a move to the Premier League, the Atletico star has ruled out north London as a potential destination despite the prospect of linking up with his France team-mate Koscielny.

Speaking to France Football – as quoted by talkSPORT – ahead of the January transfer window, Griezmann insisted that he is planning to stay at Atletico despite the best efforts of Koscielny to convince the forward to move to Arsenal.

“For Arsenal, he [Koscielny] speaks to me about them often,” Griezmann said.

“But I feel good at Madrid. I do not want to leave. I feel calm here. The little one [his baby daughter] has just arrived, I am playing matches, I feel good.

“Sorry, I am going to stay. But Arsenal is a wonderful team. They play great with the ball.”

Arsenal have lost their last two Premier League games following defeats by Everton and Manchester City.

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The Gunners are nine points behind leaders Chelsea after 17 games.

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