Antoine Griezmann, who was highly linked with Barcelona in the summer transfer window has revealed that he was in complete dilemma after the Spanish giants approached him.
Griezmann eventually decided to stay at Atletico Madrid.
When it looked like Griezmann to Barcelona is just only a matter of time now, the Frenchman stunned the La Liga champions and signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid. However, he has said that it was the toughest decision of his football career.
Griezmann told Telefoot:
“There were times when I wasn’t feeling good. I spoke about it with my wife. I woke her up at three in the morning and asked her, ‘What are we going to do?’ Because I tried to talk about it, but she can’t help me, she doesn’t know what I’m thinking. My parents, either. Some members of my family wanted to see me [at Barcelona], others no, so, it was difficult.”
The World Cup winner also revealed that as soon as he was linked to Barcelona, the Atletco Madrid fans desperately wanted Griezmann to stay and will do everything in order to make him stay. And that won his heart.
“Everyone was calling me, seeing how I was, asking me what I was thinking. Each time, they said to me, ‘We want you to stay. We’ll do everything for you to stay. We’re ready to do a lot of things.’ That touches you. In the Champions League, we want to do better than we did last year when we weren’t able to get past the last 16. I think that it was mostly my fault because I wasn’t good mentally, and in the league — as usual — to challenge [Barcelona and Real Madrid].”
Atletico Madrid is not enjoying a good start to this season as they won only 2 matches in their first 5 matches and are at 5th in the table.