Griezmann on Simeone: “Incredible relationship” – Barça “didn’t go as well as I had hoped”

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Transfermarkt Q&A 

If Antoine Griezmann plays 50% of the games in which he is available, Atlético’s obligation to buy him will come into effect – and the French World Cup winner’s second spell at the Spanish top club will continue. At the moment, everything looks as if financially strapped FC Barcelona can look forward to a transfer fee of €40 million next year. In a Transfermarkt Q&A, the 30-year-old forward, who has recently been forced to take a break due to injury and Covid-19, talks about the conditions for staying with the Colchoneros longer, a move to the German Bundesliga and his appreciation for head coach Diego Simeone.

Transfermarkt: Mr. Griezmann, it gives the impression that it’s the best match between you and Atlético – that seemed to be less the case at FC Barcelona. What does Atlético mean to you, and what does the club offer you that other clubs can’t?

Antoine Griezmann: The truth is that I performed well at Real Sociedad, then I grew athletically and also privately at Atleti, with my wife, with my children… That helps you be more relaxed and enjoy everything. And then I went to Barcelona. Because of the circumstances, things didn’t go as well as I had hoped. That’s why I wanted to come back, to play for Cholo (Diego Simeone) and Atleti again. That’s what I wanted the most, and the truth is that I’m really enjoying it here and I hope I can continue like this.

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Transfermarkt: Were you considering a move to the German Bundesliga in the past?

Griezmann: No, not really. I’ve never thought about it, because since my time at Real Sociedad I’ve always felt comfortable where I was, and in the end, I feel most comfortable and happy here at Atleti now. And I don’t want to move again.

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12 Gareth Bale – Tottenham > Real Madrid – 13/14 – €101M

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11 Paul Pogba – Juventus > Man United – 16/17 – €105M

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9 Eden Hazard – Chelsea > Real Madrid – 19/20 – €115M

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9 Romelu Lukaku – Inter > Chelsea – 21/22 – €115M

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8 Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid > Juventus – 18/19 – €117M

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7 Jack Grealish – Aston Villa > Man City – 21/22 – €117.5M

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6 Antoine Griezmann – Atlético Madrid > Barça – 19/20 – €120M

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5 João Félix – Benfica > Atlético Madrid – 19/20 – €127M

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4 Ousmane Dembélé – BVB > Barça – 17/18 – €130M

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2 Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool > Barça -17/18 – €145M

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2 Kylian Mbappé – Monaco > PSG – 18/19 – €145M

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1 Neymar – Barça > PSG – 17/18 – €222M

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Transfermarkt: You will be 31 years old in March. Wouldn’t it be a possibility for you to go to another top club in another country?

Griezmann: I hope Atleti want me as long as I can keep up with the pace of the games and the demanded level, and that we can write another beautiful story.

Atlético forward Griezmann impressed by head coach Simeone

Transfermarkt: What was the best decision in your professional career?

Griezmann: For me, there are two. Namely, on the one hand, doing everything I could to get my parents to let me go to Real Sociedad when I was 14, which was very difficult because of the distance. On the other hand, it was the move to Atleti that changed my life.

Transfermarkt: Which coach impresses you the most?

Griezmann: I would say it’s Cholo. I think he’s the coach who knows me best. I have an incredible relationship with him, and also on a sporting level he has always fought with the best, in the Spanish league or in Europe. He has taken the club to the highest level possible.

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