Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has admitted he ‘lost sleep’ whilst pondering the possibility of joining Barcelona this summer.
The Frenchman confessed to feeling unwell over the decision, which dragged over several weeks before he decided to pen a new and improved deal at Atleti.
“There were times when I wasn't feeling good,” Griezmann told Telefoot, in quotes carried by ESPN FC.
“I spoke about it with my wife. I woke her up at three in the morning and asked her, 'What are we going to do?' Because I tried to talk about it, but she can't help me, she doesn't know what I'm thinking.
“My parents, either. Some members of my family wanted to see me [at Barcelona], others no, so, it was difficult.
“Everyone was calling me, seeing how I was, asking me what I was thinking, each time, they said to me, 'We want you to stay. We'll do everything for you to stay. We're ready to do a lot of things.' That touches you.
“In the Champions League, we want to do better than we did last year when we weren't able to get past the last 16.
“I think that it was mostly my fault because I wasn't good mentally, and in the league – as usual – to challenge [Barcelona and Real Madrid].”