Antoine Griezmann on the start? After two complicated seasons in Catalonia, at the sporting level first and also personal, it seems that the future of the French world champion could be registered elsewhere than at Camp Nou. There has been talk of a possible return to Atlético Madrid. In recent weeks, the idea of a departure in the Premier League (Chelsea, City…) has been whispered here and there. Questioned on the subject at a press conference this Thursday, Barcelona's highest dignitaries took stock, starting with Joan Laporta: “
He has a contract in place and if the circumstances remain as they are, we are counting on him. There is interest in this player and it shows his quality.
Mateu Alemany does not intend to accept just any offer, however. "
Considering our situation, we owe it to ourselves to be open, but it will be difficult for another team to make a good enough offer for him to leave
”, assures the director of football in Barcelona, remembering that the Mâconnais cost € 120 million in 2019.
“Players like Griezmann and a few others have a market, there are interested clubs. "
“Players like Griezmann and a few others have a market, there are interested clubs.
And President Laporta added: “
The market is starting. Nothing has changed because of the restrictions, the drop in income. The clubs are in trouble. Players like Griezmann and a few others have a market, there are interested clubs. What we do is build our team in search of financial balance. We have to follow the rules. With Antoine, we have no problem and we are professionals: if the market evolves in the right direction, we are open to all the proposals that are presented to us. We are in a delicate moment. We are talking with the first team players to see if we can come to some deals which are good for the club and which hurt them as little as possible.
Griezmann, 30, is under contract until 2024. He has scored 35 goals in 99 appearances for the Blaugrana, after enjoying the heyday of the Colchoneros (133 goals, 257 appearances) for five long seasons.
Laporta on the extension of Messi: "We are moving forward in the negotiations"
Will extend, will not extend? Free since the end of last season, Lionel Messi has every chance of continuing his illustrious career at FC Barcelona. This is the trend. It remains to obtain his signature. Asked on the sidelines of the presentation of Memphis Depay, President Laporta took stock: “The player has always said he wanted to continue. We are making progress in contract negotiations. It's a wish we all have, we want Leo to continue at Barca. It is a dream come true. We want him to continue for many years to come and be able to play with talented players like Depay. ” And Joan Laporta, relaunched, to continue: “
I will not comment on the details that remain to reach the conclusion of the contract. We are all very satisfied with the attitude of both parties. We put the cards on the table. We have to continue like this. Leo is on vacation and has a team working to make the best deal for both parties
. ” Messi, 34, joined FC Barcelona in 2000. Six times Ballon d'Or, he scored 672 goals in 778 matches, he who has just won his first Copa America with Argentina.