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Barcelona and Real Madrid target will decide his future before the World Cup

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La Liga star forward has reportedly asked his suitors and his current club to make their minds up about his future before the 2018 world cup.

The 27-year-old has been seriously courted by the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, as both clubs look to change the course of next season’s title race.  While Barcelona still looks for a replacement for Neymar and Real Madrid look for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, the Antoine Griezmann has been shortlisted by both clubs and even Manchester United.

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However, with the Red Devils bringing in Alexis Sanchez, Antoine Griezmann future is up in the air but his time at Atletico Madrid is coming to an end. Despite reports from Spain claiming that the Los Rojiblancos will offer Griezmann a massive bumper deal to sort out his future with Atletico Madrid, but the Frenchman is waiting for a proper offer from Camp Nou.

While Real Madrid is in the race for Griezmann’s signature, the 27-year-old has been seriously courted by Barcelona, with Atletico Madrid even going so far as to complain to FIFA, regarding how Barcelona went about things during the winter transfer window. But whatever happens or wherever Antoine Griezmann goes next season, the Frenchman wants his future sorted out before the World Cup in Russia.

In an interview with L’Equipe [via Sky Sports], Griezmann went on to say “I want to travel to Russia without this concern. It’s not about knowing where I’ll play, but about having the peace of mind if I’m still in one place or another.  It may be boring, but I have told my sister that, whether I stay or not, this will have to be resolved beforehand. What bothers me the most is that everyone asks me about this issue.”

He further added, talking about his hopes in the Ballon d’Or and the Champions League “When I’m happy, everything’s fine,” he added. “I want to win a World Cup or the Champions League, then the Ballon d’Or will come, if it has to come.

“I am part of a group and I prefer to win a collective title than an individual one. For example, the trophy to the best scorer of the European Championships – I would have preferred to win the competition.”

Author’s take:

While Antoine Griezmann did struggle in the early stages of the La Liga, the Frenchman has since shrugged off his issues and has been flourishing so far scoring 23 goals and providing a further 13 assists in 38 appearances all competitions. A valuable addition to any side, and a player who has proven himself, time after time.

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