According to L’Équipe, after scoring for Atlético Madrid this weekend against Bilbao France striker Antoine Greizmann apologies to fans about his departure from the club in 2019 to Barcelona, after having signed permanently back at the Madrid side.
“I am very proud that I was able to sign and be able to play my part. At the end of the day, I apologise. I know people want to hear it from me: I apologise for the hurt I may have caused people. But the biggest forgiveness I ask for is on the pitch, giving my all for the team on nights like this. We are on the right track.”
After an unsuccessful spell at Camp Nou, he returned to Atlético on loan for two seasons with a mandatory option to buy if he played more than 50% of the time. In his second season, the club opted not to pay his €40m clause.
In the meantime, there was a conflict between Barcelona and Atlético, with statements and different interpretations of what had been signed. Barça even threatened to sue the Madrid-based outfit. Griezmann eventually agreed to play 30 minutes per game, despite being a key player for Simeone.