Griezmann to Barcelona: €120m forward confident ‘train’ would stop a second time

Griezmann to Barcelona: €120m forward confident ‘train’ would stop a second time

Griezmann is Barcelona's fourth signing of this window after the Catalan club signed midfielder Frenkie de Jong from Champions League semi-finalists Ajax, defender Emerson from Atletico Mineiro in Brazil and goalkeeper Neto from Valencia.

Barcelona's mammoth release clause of €800m for Antoine Griezmann even eclipses Lionel Messi's buyout clause.

"The player will sign a contract with his new club for the next five seasons, through to 30 June 2024, with a buyout clause of 800 million euros", Barcelona said, while Atletico Madrid claimed that Barcelona have not paid his full release clause.

Griezmann is likely to play on the left-wing that has been unoccupied following Neymar's departure two seasons ago.

Barcelona have inserted a release clause of £717million into Griezmann's contract after they signed him from Atletico Madrid. The numbers BarcaTimes highlighted on Twitter, citing Opta, speak for themselves.

Griezmann scored 133 goals in 256 games at Atletico.

"My father taught me as a child that trains don't just pass once", he said.

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"I wanted to tell you that I've made the decision to leave, to experience different things and have new challenges", Griezmann told the Atletico website. Finally, our paths cross.

Its last European title was in 2015, and the team collapsed in the second leg of last year's semifinal when Liverpool overturned a 3-0 loss by dealing Barcelona a humiliating 4-0 defeat.

Barca announced the signing of Griezmann on Friday, and the French global said that he has no regrets with the timing of his move.

It was heavily suspected that the French forward would leave Atletico after the World Cup in Russian Federation, where he scored in the final and came home with a winners' medal.

He also terminated his contract with Atletico on Friday.

Real Sociedad, Griezmann's former club, are in line to pocket €24m from the deal due to a 20 percent sell-on clause inserted when they sold him to Atletico in 2014.

The plaque outside the Wanda Metropolitano which commemorates Antoine Griezmann for being one of the players to have made over 100 appearances for the club has been defaced by disgruntled fans. He won the Europa League in 2018 and finished in the top three of the La Liga table in every campaign with the club.