Atlético de Madrid has issued a tough statement against FC Barcelona and Antoine Griezmann in response to the words of this Friday of Josep Maria Bartomeu, in which the president said that it was not until yesterday when the first meeting between Barça and Atletico to negotiate for the French player.
Atlético recognizes that meeting, always at the request of the Barça club, but goes further. Griezmann informed them of their march on May 14, and in the following days they were aware that the French had a closed agreement with Barça since March, specifically from the days after the second leg of the Champions League tie against Juventus. In addition, he reports that both parties had been negotiating the terms of the agreement since mid-February.
[Full statement from Atlético]
On the meeting, he explains: "Barcelona expressed its intention, once the termination clause of the contract of Antoine Griezmann and have passed from 200 to 120 million euros, request a postponement of the payment of the aforementioned amount of the clause effective as of July 1. Obviously the response from Atlético de Madrid was negative, understanding both that FC Barcelona and the player have disrespected Atlético de Madrid and all its fans ».
Thus, the Atlético "has required the player, his sister as agent of the player and his lawyer, that Antoine Griezmann, in compliance with their contractual obligations with our club, appear next Sunday at the facilities of the entity in order to start the preseason with the rest of his teammates ».
The Madrid club concludes the statement expressing its "strongest repulsion for the behavior of both, especially the Barcelona Football Club, for having induced the player to break his contractual relationship with Atlético de Madrid at a time of the season where the club was I was playing, not only the Champions League tie against Juventus, but the League title against Fútbol Club Barcelona itself, something that we believe violates protected periods of negotiation with players ».