Antoine Griezmann transfer to PSG is a 'good idea' says pundit
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Antoine Griezmann looks increasingly likely to leave Barcelona this summer. The France international has struggled for form ever since his move from Atletico Madrid back in 2019. And, now, Chelsea could be his next destination.
According to the Daily Star, Barcelona are poised to offer Chelsea the chance to sign Griezmann this summer.
Thomas Tuchel wants a new striker but, with Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku tricky to snap up, may have to look elsewhere.
Barcelona are determined to get Griezmann off the books as they look to raise funds in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
So bad is the financial situation over in Catalonia they’re unable to register new signings such as Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Emerson Royal.
And, with that the case, it’s now time to take a look at everything Griezmann has said about his future.
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Speaking in June
Griezmann has also been linked with a move to the MLS amid his struggles at Barcelona, where’s failed to meet the vast expectations of the club’s supporters.
And, just last month, he admitted he’d relish the chance to play Stateside in the future.
“My contract with Barcelona is until June of 2024 and after that I think it will be the right time to go to the United States,” he said.
“I love the country, the culture, the NBA and the desire to discover new things draws me there.
“I’d love to finish my career there.”
Speaking in March
In March, shortly after Barcelona’s Champions League exit to PSG, Griezmann insisted he felt good at the club and wouldn’t be looking to move.
“I feel very good, with my teammates and the coach,” he said.
“I am here to help, be it 10 minutes or 90. I am at the service of the collective.
“It’s time to keep our heads up and feel confidence because of how we played. We need to keep improving. We are hacked off because we were desperate to go through.
“I don’t think we deserved to go out this early but next year we’ll try to win this competition.”
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Speaking in September
In September, Griezmann accused those linking him with a move away from Barcelona as ‘inventing destinations’.
“Is my future is at Barca? Yes,” said the 2018 World Cup winner.
“I don’t know why people invent destinations to see if one day they will be right.
“I am very well there. I know I have the confidence of the club and the coach so I am well.
“It has been a very complicated season for all of us but now we start again.”
Joan Laporta’s comments
Five months ago, Barcelona president Joan Laporta insisted he wanted Griezmann to stay.
And he also vowed to motivate the Frenchman in his own language ‘if needed’, urging him to rediscover his best form for the club.
“Griezmann? I will motivate him, and if needed, I will do so in French,” he said.
“He has to be encouraged to score goals again and to believe in himself.”
Griezmann had netted 12 goals and chalked up 10 assists prior to those comments but enjoyed a positive end to the campaign, netting six times in 10 matches.
High praise from Deschamps
Speaking before Euro 2020 kicked off, France boss Didier Deschamps hailed Griemzann as ‘one of the greatest players of all time’.
“He (will) beat a record, you’re right,” Deschamps told a press conference.
“Above and beyond the fact that he’s playing in consecutive games, and wonderfully so for him, for all his game-volume, he may not be 20 years old anymore, but he takes very good care of himself.
“He’s a professional and he’s managed to avoid the different injuries that he could have had. The statistics speak for themselves.
“You can see the influence that he has for the French national team, through the goals that he scores, through his assists.
“If we then add to that the capacity that he has to change the game, to get stuck in when we need to defend when we don’t have the ball, he’s one of the greatest players of all time, both in Europe and worldwide.”
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