Griezmann was happy to play with Barca star Messi – France boss Deschamps


France Head Coach Didier Deschamps insisted Antoine Griezmann was “sincerely happy” play alongside Lionel Messi as Barcelona superstar is watching a release.

Messi has sensationally told Barca that he wants to leave the beleaguered La Liga giants, having spent his entire professional career at Camp Nou.

Griezmann, who arrived from Atletico Madrid at the start of the 2019-20 season, and his relationship with Messi grabbed the headlines throughout the campaign as the former struggled for consistency.

As Messi arouses interest from Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter, Deschamps has been asked about the situation and Griezmann after naming his side for the upcoming France Nations League matches.

“I don’t know,” Deschamps told reporters. “On the first part, it does not concern me. This concerns Leo Messi and Barca, so I won’t talk about it.

“As for Antoine, can that have an influence? It remains to be seen. The question is more about his position, the position on the ground. He was genuinely happy to play with Messi. Sometimes it went well and sometimes not so well. Their association is not incompatible.

“It’s not mine, I have other things to do. It’s about the clubs. Antoine has had a pretty complicated season, although that didn’t stop him from making the difference. Of course, less than with his old club. where the team was built around him at Atletico Madrid.

“It doesn’t change the importance he has with the France team. It depends on the coaches who can use different systems. The players still have to adapt. ”

Griezmann scored 15 goals in all competitions in his debut season for Barca, which saw the Spanish powerhouse dethroned by Real Madrid in La Liga and humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

After replacing Ernesto Valverde in January, head coach Quique Setien was also sacked following the 8-2 embarrassment earlier this month with Barca turning to Ronald Koeman.


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