Antoine Griezmann: I joined Barcelona for the style of play

Antoine Griezmann insists his motivation for joining Barcelona from Atletico Madrid was because of the ‘style of play’.

Griezmann never enjoyed a particularly warm relationship with Atleti fans and the manner of his departure this summer has been criticised by people linked to the Madrid club.

He joined the Blaugrana in July when his €120m release clause was triggered, although a series of reports in the Spanish press say they have emails proving that the deal was concluded in March.

That meant he already had his heart set on a departure from Los Rojiblancos two months before the end of the season, and when they were still involved in the Champions League and La Liga title race last season.

“I joined Barcelona because of the style of play, the motivation was not to win more trophies,” Griezmann told UEFA TV.

The forward also hinted at why it has taken him a while to fit the system at the Camp Nou: “I don’t have the same level of movement as Messi and Suarez.

“Even if I win the Champions League with Barça, the penalty (miss in the shootout) will always hurt me in the final of 2016.”

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