LaLiga: Antoine Griezmann says his 'heart is with' Barcelona after ugly Atletico Madrid exit
Barcelona's 120 million euros offer triggered Antoine Griezmann's release clause but Atletico Madrid said the Catalan club negotiated the deal before the buy-out price dropped from 200 million euros at the start of July.
Barcelona paid 120 million euros to Atletico Madrid after triggering Antoine Griezmann's buy-out clause
Atletico said Barcelona negotiated the deal before the buy-out price dropped from 200 million euros at start of July
Atletico are reportedly planning to take their case to FIFA
Tokyo: Antoine Griezmann on Monday said he couldn't wait to make his Barcelona debut and that his heart was with the team as he tries to move on from a sour exit from Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid.
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.
But he told media in Tokyo: "I am very happy about the outcome of my transfer. I am very eager to play as soon as possible."
"I wish Atletico players all the best of luck. I am focused on giving my all so that Barca will deliver good results," he said in Spanish through a translator.
Barcelona's offer triggered Griezmann's release clause but Atletico said the Catalan club negotiated the deal before the buy-out price dropped from 200 million euros at the start of July.
Atletico are reportedly planning to take their case to FIFA.
Griezmann voiced his appreciation for his time at Atletico and his strong relationship with their coach, Diego Simeone.
But the Frenchman said he was now committed to Barca.
"I am focused on fitting in among the Barcelona players. My heart is here with them," he said.
The Spanish giants will play a friendly against Chelsea on Tuesday, and on Saturday they face Japan's Vissel Kobe, who feature ex-Barca players Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper.
Barcelona closed the 2020-21 financial year with 481 million euros ($554 million) in losses “caused by both falling revenues and the inability to contain spending.”
Aurier has joined the side until the end of the season, with club and player having the option to extend the agreement for a further two years.
Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain in August after Barca decided not to renew the Argentinian’s contract due to LaLiga’s strict salary limits.