Upon arrival at Camp Nou, Griezmann admitted that the first thing he did was speak with his new captain, who insisted he asked for the Frenchman’s signature before his infamous documentary “Decision” which saw him refuse the possibility of moving to Barcelona.
“I spoke with Leo when I arrived,” Griezmann told Real Madrid great Jorge Valdano on the latest edition of Univers Valdano, “And he told me that when I refused the first chance to go [to Barcelona], he was screwed because he asked for it publicly. But he told me he was with me and I notice him every day.
“I wanted to show [in the Decision documentary] that deciding to join one team or another is very complicated. People thought it was a game and I didn’t care about the fans. I just wanted to show how a player doesn’t know what to do and what to decide. Your wife, your parents, your children speak to you but in the end you decide.
“After the documentary, my parents got mad at me because they didn’t understand what I had done while filming the documentary. Plus, they wanted to see me in Barcelona. ”
The criticism has come Griezmann since joining Barcelona, as he has yet to emulate the form shown under Diego Simeone in Atletico Madrid.
“I accept it because I know that we are not seeing the best Griezmann, ” the French says: “but I understand that every time something else comes out I’m the first to be [criticised].
“In a year and a half, I had three coaches [at Barcelona]. It is not easy. I need time to adjust to my colleagues and they to me. And on top of that, there are training changes.
“In addition, the presidential candidates also talk about me. I don’t think that’s the best thing for me when they talk about whether I’m a good signer or not. ”
Griezmann the best fate of his career has come to Estadio Wanda Metropolitano where he won the Europa League in 2018, as well as the UEFA Super Cup, but was a losing finalist in the 2016 Champions League final.
“It was difficult for me at the beginning”, Griezmann Explain. “I came to a club that had just won LaLiga Santander and I had to earn my place based on the job.
“It was actually difficult for me to play until December. I was always available for the coach, I learned like that and it will always be like that. I will always do what the coach asks me to do, even if I know it. on a personal level, what he asks me hurts.
“With Cholo, every training session was like a game and the level of intensity. Everyone asked me for more: Koke, Gabi, profe [Oscar] Ortega. At Atleti, everyone ran and everyone moved everywhere, and I continue to do so. The locker room was very solid. We would meet to eat when we were losing there would be no bad blood. ”
With Griezmann former adviser and agent Eric Olhats, with his uncle Emmanuel Lopes, both making statements regarding his relationship with Messi, the France World Cup winner has sought to clarify the situation.
“I stopped having any relation with [my former agent Eric Olhats] since the day I got married, ”said Greizmann. I invited him to the wedding day, and he didn’t come. That’s why I stopped having any relationship with him.
“My uncle doesn’t know how football works. And in the end, the reporter ended up giving him the statement. I told Leo I never spoke to them, in fact I don’t even have my uncle’s phone number. “”