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Griezmann can leave Atletico for right offer - Simeone

Griezmann has been linked with a move away from Atletico for some time. Credit: PA

Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid if the right opportunity comes along for the France forward, according to coach Diego Simeone.

Simeone said he would not stand in the way of any of his players if they wanted to leave to develop their careers, and that could open the door for 26-year-old Griezmann - who has reportedly been on the radar of clubs including Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris St Germain - to leave either in January or next summer.

"Of course he can leave at some point, like Diego Costa and Arda Turan did in their day," Simeone told L'Equipe.

"I love watching my players grow, and if one of them tells me that they have the unique opportunity of playing for a certain team, after they did everything they could for me, like Griezmann has done, I'll say it's not a problem.

"I know that he needs to grow."

Griezmann, who won the Golden Boot at Euro 2016, is under contract with Los Rojiblancos until 2022.

Kahn turned down chance to move to Man United

Oliver Kahn said he could have joined Man United. Credit: PA

Oliver Kahn claims Sir Alex Ferguson is still mad with him for not joining Manchester United towards the end of his glittering career.

United were struggling to replace Peter Schmeichel and Ferguson made an approach for the Bayern Munich goalkeeper in 2003.

Kahn, who was Germany's captain for their 2002 World Cup final defeat to Brazil, admits he regrets not giving the Premier League a go before he retired in 2008.

"Sir Alex Ferguson is still mad at me today," Kahn told German newspaper Bild.

"He thought that I would move to Manchester United in 2003 or 2004, but I was more interested in trying to define an era at Bayern.

"Looking back, I should have done it then. It would have been a nice challenge for me."

Man United's Bailly ruled out for two to three months

Bailly will be sidelined for two to three months because he needs surgery on an ankle injury Credit: PA

Eric Bailly will be out of action for up to three months after Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho revealed the defender needed ankle surgery.

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international has not played since the match against Chelsea on November 5.

Mourinho told MUTV: "He goes to surgery, the decision is made. I don't say (he's out) for the rest of the season but it's for the next two or three months."


Madrid should sell Bale - Maradona

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Diego Maradona has told Real Madrid they should offload Gareth Bale and replace him with Kylian Mbappe.

Maradona, who starred for Argentina when they won the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, believes Real should cut their losses with Bale.

The Wales star cost Madrid a then world-record fee of £80million in 2013 but has missed the majority of this season through injury, while Mbappe is part of Paris St Germain's prolific strike force that includes Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Maradona made his feelings clear in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS when he said: "Bale? Let them sell Bale or give him away, although (Real president) Florentino (Perez) is less likely to give him away... but I think they had to sign Mbappe."

Bale has a chance to win over the Argentina legend when his Real Madrid side take on Gremio in the FIFA Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

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