It's like Barcelona have a cheat code: Antoine Griezmann

Tanya Simon
July 22, 2019

The World Cup victor is in Tokyo with Barca ahead of a clash with Chelsea on Tuesday after the La Liga giants shelled out €120 million to match his release clause amid a blistering row between the player and the two clubs. I am very keen to play with my new colleagues.

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo denied there has been a "concrete offer" for Neymar over the weekend, after Sky Germany reported Barcelona had offered £90m plus two players for the 27-year-old.

"The truth is it started badly because they nutmegged me twice in my first rondo".

Suarez and Messi are not present in Asia due to their Copa America commitments for Uruguay and Argentina respectively, but only the former has been in touch with him so far.

Griezmann says he is hopeful that he will be involved in the team, "I hope I will have an important role, I want to be an important player for the team and help in whatever way I can".

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Griezmann's 120 million euros ($135 million) transfer was contested by Atletico, who insisted Barcelona should have paid a higher price for the World Cup-winning French striker.

Griezmann experienced a rocky start to life at his new club after being humiliated by two nutmegs in only his first training session. On the one hand, I'm proud that other teams are watching because it means I'm doing good things.

"It's an issue for them".

"I heard about it [the complaint]. He's an wonderful player, has a lot of talent". "It's a club where I gave everything", he added. "I'm very calm. The only thing that matters to me right now is understanding the coach's tactics, getting on with my team-mates and enjoying football". I can't wait for him to arrive. It's a way of playing that I like and where I think I can contribute a lot'. "Our relationship will carry on, even after retirement".

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