Griezmann 'cried with joy' at Barca move

Griezmann has finally made the move to Barcelona. Image PA Images

Griezmann has finally made the move to Barcelona. Image PA Images

The nature of Antoine Griezmann's exit from Atletico Madrid has not affected coach Diego Simeone's impression of the France forward.

The World Cup victor is in Tokyo with Barca ahead of a clash with Chelsea on Tuesday after the La Liga giants shelled out €120 million (RM554.8 million) to match his release clause amid a blistering row between the player and the two clubs.

"I was with my friends, my wife and my children and it was an incredible moment". "I have a great relationship with him and his family", said Simeone, who predicted that Griezmann can "keep up his rhythm then he'll have a good season".

Just after Barcelona announced the signing of Antoine riezmann, there was a big controversy.

Atletico claim the LaLiga champions still owe an additional €80million, believing Barca to have privately agreed terms with the France worldwide before his release clause dropped from €200m to €120m on July 1. They said that the deal was done between Griezman and Barca long back in March when the release clause was 200 million Euros.

Neymar's comments broke out as reports made the rounds that Messi is leading Barcelona's efforts to re-sign the Brazilian.

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Griezmann nearly signed with Barcelona a year ago but instead opted in June 2018 to sign a new five-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano. He has won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid and also won the world cup with France a year ago.

Speaking to Marca, Griezmann admitted that he is excited for Messi's return, saying: "Yes, it will be unbelievable [to play alongside him]".

"I want to catch him doing things in training that I will try to repeat or do in my own way and get to know him on and off the pitch".

"When he arrived he played out wide and he came for 25 million euros", he said, explaining how he was partly responsible for the Frenchman's impressive goal haul.

"I talked with him a lot", Simeone told TyC Sports.

"Of course I would like to play with Neymar", he told Sport.

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