Antoine Griezmann has denied claims published in a French newspaper that he feels isolated at Barcelona.
The 28-year-old arrived a Camp Nou in July 2019 for a fee of €120m after starring for Atlético Madrid for four seasons. During his time at Atléti, Griezmann registered 133 goals and 50 assists in just over 250 appearances, cementing his reputation as one of the best centre-forwards in the world.
Since joining Barça the Frenchman has largely been deployed on the left side of a front three, a role that he admitted he was struggling to adapt to in November.
On Tuesday, France Football (via Forbes) claimed that these teething problems have been replicated off the pitch. The report stated that Griezmann has privately complained about feeling isolated in Catalonia.
His teammates are said to be jealous of his World Cup winners medal that he snagged in 2018, while his family have apparently failed to settle in their new surroundings.
The player’s wife Erika ‘complains to her friends that she has a lack of a social life and misses the capital [city of Madrid]’, with the report suggesting that this could lead to her husband requesting a move at the end of the season.
Griezmann’s management team strongly refute the story, denying that their client has ever spoken to France Football or harbours these concerns privately (via Marca).
Spanish publication SPORT has similarly rejected the report’s claims.
“Nothing could be further from reality,” the newspaper wrote on Tuesday (via Forbes).
“These ‘comments’ do not exist. SPORT has learned that the forward has never spoken with France Football nor has he given them an interview. The comments which he supposedly said have never been said, not even to those closest to him.”
Barcelona will hope that is the truth as they need Griezmann to be firing on all cylinders for the remainder of the season. They are short of options up front following injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembélé.