By Oladapo Okeowo

Antoine Griezmann has pledged his immediate future to Atletico Madrid as it would be a “dirty move” to leave after the club’s transfer ban was upheld.

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The 26-year-old forward had been heavily linked with Manchester United, but any such move is mostly off after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) upheld a ban on the Lal Liga club registering new players during the off-season.

In an interview with Telefoot on Sunday, Griezmann said: “The ruling of the Cas has come through. Atletico cannot recruit. With my sporting adviser, Eric Olhats, we decided to stay.

“It’s a hard time for the club. It would be a dirty move to leave now. We talked to the leaders and we will be back for next season.”

Atletico, alongside their city rivals, Real Madrid, were, in January 2016, handed a two-window transfer ban which they appealed at the Cas. However, while Real got its ban halved to one, Atletico only got a reduction in the fine levied against it.

This means Atletico would be unable to make additions till the January 2018 transfer window.