New Barcelona signing, Antoine Griezmann has tagged reactions from his former club Atletico Madrid regarding his move to Camp Nou as ‘a pity’.
The Frenchman completed his long-waiting move to Barcelona this week after the Catalans paid his €120m (£107m) buyout clause to the Laliga rivals.
But despite reaching agreements ,Atletico complained Barcelona and Griezmann had negotiated the deal before the buy-out price dropped from €120m euros at the start of July.
“We reached an agreement but finally it changed, it’s like that, you have to accept it,” Griezmann insisted.
Atletico immediately Griezmann’s move was confirmed,issued a statement revealing that they had already “begun appropriate procedures” to defend their “rights and legitimate interests”.
Spanish media over the weekend claimed Atletico planned to go to governing body Fifa to argue that Barcelona owe them more than the €120m release clause.
However,Griezmann while speaking to newsmen on his announcement as Barcelona player said “Regarding Atletico, it’s a pity.
”I went to see them on purpose so they would not be caught off guard and could prepare for the future.”
The 28-year-old who scored 133 goals in 257 appearances for Atletico upon arrival from from Real Sociedad in 2014, met his new teammates on Sunday and will wear the number 17 shirt at his new club.