Antoine Griezmann ‘wasn’t the player Barcelona wanted’, admits president Joan Laporta after his return to Atletico on mortgage as he claims ahead ‘did not match our system’… however hails his angle throughout spell at the Nou Camp
- Antoine Griezmann was despatched again to former membership Atletico on mortgage from Barca
- The ahead struggled to impress at instances after making his £108m transfer in 2019
- Barcelona president Joan Laporta has admitted he was not a proper match for the membership
Antoine Griezmann was ‘not the player Barcelona wanted’ and did not match into their system, admits president Joan Laporta after the player was despatched again to former membership Atletico Madrid on mortgage.
Griezmann had lofty expectations on his shoulders after becoming a member of for a £108million payment in 2019, however was by no means as prolific for the Catalan outfit as he was in Madrid, and struggled to impress at instances alongside Lionel Messi.
He nonetheless managed to fireplace in 35 objectives from 102 video games, together with 20 in all competitions final season, however by no means grew to become an indispensible member of the crew and the membership grew to become keen to chop his staggering £300,000 per week wage off their wage invoice amid their ongoing monetary disaster.
Antoine Griezmann ‘wasn’t the player Barcelona wanted’, in line with president Joan Laporta
Laporta mentioned the ahead’s angle was by no means in question after he was loaned again to Atletico
Speaking to TV station Onze, Laporta mentioned the transfer in the end did not work out however mentioned he couldn’t fault Griezmann’s angle and hailed him as a ‘nice player’.
‘I believe that everybody was anticipating extra from him, as a result of he gave all the pieces and did not have a questionable angle,’ he mentioned.
‘We know what sort of player he was and is, he is an important player. I believe he did not slot in our system, however I believe he confirmed an excellent angle. I despatched him a message wishing him effectively, as a result of he is at all times had the right angle.
‘In footballing phrases he wasn’t the player we would have liked. He scored objectives – I believe the one he scored in final year’s Copa del Rey that we received was crucial – however it’s true that he might have given extra. But he was below troublesome circumstances.’
The Frenchman was unable to duplicate his scorching type in Madrid after his £108m switch