Arsenal target Griezmann talks about a possible move back to France

Antoine Griezmann playing for Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann was coy about his future when asked about his future by Le Parisien

Paris Saint-Germain face Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in the Champions League, having faced them twice in the Group Stage this season, French paper Le Parisien questioned Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann on the qualities of the German side, but they also tried to learn from the Frenchman if there was any truth in the rumour linking him with a move to the French champions.

"I don't know. As I already said, I will finish this season here, in San Sebastian. Afterwards, Paris, it is truly impressive."

Although born in France, Griezmann has played in Spain for the last nine years, joining Real Sociedad's youth team after impressing in a youth match against, ironically, PSG, while on trial at Montpellier. Still only 22-years-old, the forward has played for the first-team for five years, scoring 44 goals in 166 games.

Despite living in Spain since 2005, Griezmann has worked his way through the French youth sides, impressing at U19, U20 and U21 level. His international career hit something of a speed-bump in 2012, after beating Norway in the first-leg of the U21 European Championship play-off, Griezmann and four other players decided to celebrate by travelling around 300km to Paris for a few night-caps. The French Football Federation didn't take too kindly to this and took action. All the players were suspended for disciplinary reasons, Griezmann's ban only ending on December 31st last year.

His club form has led to continued speculation about his future, and now that his international ban is over it is very likely that Didier Deschamps will call him up for France's next friendly against Netherlands in March. Any sort of positive showing in the match or training could definitely lead to a place in the coach's 23-man squad for Brazil.

As well as the links to a move back to France, the Sociedad forward has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Manchester United in the past. Both sides were reported to have considered a £20 million bid in the winter, but Griezmann ruled out any potential transfer until the summer. With 14 goals in 21 games, if his season ends as well as it has started, it may take a substantial bid from any club to prize him away from the Basque side. His current contract runs until 2016, this summer could become a huge period in the young forwards career.

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