Griezmann: 'I know I'll get whistled at the Wanda Metropolitano, but I'll always have Atletico in my heart'
- The Frenchman left Atletico after five years at the club.
- Although it was hard, Antoine doesn't regret leaving for Barcelona.
Barcelona have finally unveiled Antoine Griezmann as their new player earlier this month. After a two-year-long transfer saga, the 28-year-old sat down to an interview with Marca. Among other things, the forward shed the light on his troublesome departure from Los Rojoblancos:
We're going to go back a bit. You're giving the feeling that you couldn't explain your reasons for leaving Atletico Madrid as you would've liked. If you were to meet with Miguel Angel Gil Marin, what would you say to him?
"So don't forget that we spoke in his own home with Andrea [Berta] and El Cholo. The most important thing for me is that I tried to leave on the best possible terms, in the way that the club said to, I'd have liked to have done it in the way that Juanfran and Diego [Godin] did, but they asked me to do it with a video. I said my goodbyes to the players, the staff, the physios and everyone, that was the most important thing."
Does returning to the Wanda Metropolitano worry you?
"No. I know that there will be whistles. It's part of football: they really loved me and when someone leaves, it can hurt. It was like that at Real Sociedad: my first visit back wasn't easy, but I will always have La Real and Atleti in my heart because they gave me so much."
If you could go back in time, would you change anything you did?
"No, because I did what I wanted to: go to see the players, to see Cholo at his house... the worst thing was that video, but I couldn't do anything else."
El Cholo has said publicly that he's grateful and that it will be difficult to forget everything you did at the club.
"They are signing important players, they are building a great team and with El Cholo you already know that they will be fighting until the last moment because he is like that, the club is like that and I owe Cholo so much."
Do you also think that football owes Atletico Madrid a Champions League title?
"Yes, I think so. They're doing everything possible to [win it]. The level that El Cholo has taken Atletico to is incredible, unthinkable. And he maintains it, that is the most difficult thing. They are succeeding."