Man United Target Griezmann Should Stay At Atletico Madrid- Torres

Antoine Griezmann has “the world in his hands” at Atletico Madrid and does not need to leave the La Liga side to become a legend, says Fernando Torres.

The France forward has been strongly linked with Manchester United.

Ex-Liverpool striker Torres told BBC Football Focus he faced a similar juncture before a £50m move to Chelsea in 2011, but insists the 26-year-old can realise his potential at Atletico.

“Where are you going to go to improve what you have in Atletico?” he said.

“Not many places in the world. I hope he can stay with us forever.”

Griezmann scored his 24th goal of the season for Atletico as Diego Simeone’s side beat Leicester City 1-0 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Torres, back at the club where he began his career, says it is no wonder interest in the France international is high.

“That’s normal when young players become one of the best in the world, everyone wants to sign them,” the 33-year-old said.

“You can go to many other places in the world and they cannot offer what Atletico can offer you right now: competing in the league, competing in the Champions League, one of the most respected teams in Europe – so there is no reason to leave.”