Antoine Griezmann’s struggles at Barcelona have been well-documented but it surely appears the Frenchman might have returned to former membership Atletico Madrid final summer season.
In line with journalist Sique Rodríguez, Atletico provided Barcelona three gamers in change for the World Cup winner. Mario Hermoso, Thomas Lemar, and Alvaro Morata had been all proposed, however then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu turned down the supply and declared the ahead “untransferable.”
Griezmann has not but had the affect anticipated on the membership of a participant who price the Catalan giants €120 million in the summertime of 2019. The Frenchman has struggled to discover a pure place within the group and continues to look an ill-fit.
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Griezmann within the Highlight
The Frenchman’s difficulties have continued in 2020-21. The 28-year-old has scored solely two targets this season which has seen his relationship with captain Lionel Messi come beneath scrutiny.
Griezmann has not been helped by criticism from his former adviser and his uncle directed at Messi. The Barcelona captain has subsequently been requested concerning the feedback and made his unhappiness fairly clear.
🗣 Lionel Messi has landed again in Barcelona and says he is “bored with at all times being the issue with every part on the membership” 👀pic.twitter.com/iAmJ3a5rZ6
— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) November 18, 2020
Eric Olhats, Griezmann’s former agent, has since written an open letter to Marca to elucidate his unique feedback the place he lashed out at Messi for his “deplorable” perspective in direction of the Frenchman when he first arrived.
Firstly, I need to make it very clear that Antoine Griezmann NEVER knowledgeable me about this topic. The feedback that I made in France Soccer had been based mostly on a state of affairs that was put ahead by numerous media retailers throughout final season. I perceive that my feedback are subjective and that I might even be mistaken. For that, I’m the one one accountable.
I additionally need to clarify that I don’t agree with the feedback made by the participant’s uncle concerning the supposed variations between Griezmann and Messi. For some time, particularly since three years in the past, I haven’t maintained a relationship with Antoine, nor do I kind a part of his household’s inside circle, regardless of what some have mentioned within the media.
Koeman Performs Down Messi and Griezmann Discuss
Supervisor Ronald Koeman sought to minimize rumors of a rift between Messi and Griezmann in his pre-match press convention. The Dutch coach instructed reporters he had not seen any downside between the 2 forwards.
On the one hand I perceive Leo is a bit aggravated. I feel we have to respect folks like Leo Messi rather more. After such an extended journey, to ask him issues about Antoine exhibits a scarcity of respect. It’s an try from the media to create controversy. I’ve not seen any downside between Leo and Antoine.
Griezmann faces his former group Atletico on Saturday in an enormous sport in La Liga and one the place Barca will want their ahead to step up after a disappointing begin to the marketing campaign.
A victory for Barca would see Koeman’s males reduce the hole to Atletico to 3 factors and in addition transfer inside three factors of champions Actual Madrid with a sport in hand.
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