‘I tried to do everything the club asked me to do, it hurts’: Antoine Griezmann reveals pain as Atletico Madrid’s dispute with Barcelona continues over £107m transfer fee and says he expects ‘difficult’ return to former club
- Atletico asked La Liga to block Antoine Griezmann’s registration over fee dispute
- The club believe Barca should have paid his original £180m release clause
- Griezmann says he did everything that was asked of him during negotiations
- The 28-year-old admits he is expecting a frosty reception from Atleti fans
Antoine Griezmann has admitted it ‘hurts’ to witness the bitter dispute between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona over his summer move to Camp Nou.
The 28-year-old joined Barca in a £107 million deal earlier this month after lengthy negotiations between both clubs.
However, Atletico are still unhappy over the deal and are adamant they should have been paid significantly more money for the player’s services.
Antoine Griezmann revealed his pain at the ongoing dispute between Atletico and Barcelona
The forward joined Barca for £107m but Atletico claim they are owed a significantly higher fee
The 26-year-old’s original release clause was £180m but dropped to £107m on July 1
Griezmann’s original release clause was £180m when negotiations started between the two clubs, before it dropped to £107m on July 1.
Atletico have now protested to La Liga over the situation and have asked them to block his registration until the dispute is resolved, with Griezmann admitting he is pained by the controversy.
‘It hurts to hurt, for everything I’ve done. I tried to do everything the club asked me to do,’ he told Mundo Deportivo.
Atletico have asked La Liga to block Griezmann’s registration until the dispute is resolved
Griezmann has already made his Barca debut in their pre-season friendly defeat to Chelsea
‘When we had the meeting I was clear with them and they also with me, but in the end what was said between us has not been done. I don’t know why but it is like that.’
Griezmann will face his former club for the first time since departing the Wanda Metropolitano on December 1 and expects a rough ride from the fans who once idolised him.
‘I imagine it will be a bit difficult,’ he predicted.
‘But I understand it because he was also a very important player for them, although the love I have for the coach, my teammates and the fans is very great.
‘As with Real Sociedad. They are the two clubs that gave me everything and made me a footballer, world champion. Everything.’
Griezmann made his Barcelona debut during their pre-season friendly defeat to Chelsea in Japan and was praised for his performance in the Spanish media.