Griezmann: It's a joy to play with Messi
Antoine Griezmann now knows what it's like to wear the colours of Barcelona. The French forward landed in Catalonia this Saturday evening, and headed straight to the club shop at the Camp Nou - the same place where he will be presented as a Barça player on Sunday and where his shirt is already on sale (without a number).
In the club shop, and dressed in a Barça polo top, he even took his first touches of the ball after sealing his move from Atlético Madrid. He posed for photos next to the badge of his new club and smiled for the cameras in an event that lasted just a few minutes.
Just minutes before he appeared in the media event, he sent out a message greeting Barcelona fans in Catalan. The forward is leaving behind a stage of his career at Atleti that ended acrimoniously, with the club threatening to report Barcelona and Griezmann to FIFA in the coming days.
On his arrival, he spoke to 'Barça TV': "I'm very happy, very excited and looking forward to working with the group. Here I have new challenges, new objectives and hopefully I can do it in the best possible way. The goal is to win everything: Copa del Rey, La Liga and Champions League," he admitted.
Griezmann said he has recently spoken to Umtiti and Dembélé, with whom he has "a friendship". "I'm excited to have a good time with them," said 'Grizzi', who made it known that his desire was to join Barça: "I wanted to come here and my family followed me, sometimes you have to make decisions".
He said it is a "joy to play next to Messi" and that he is interested in discovering "how he is in the day to day and in training". "This is a great club and I look forward to working with my teammates and for the coach. I have fun outside and inside the field and hopefully I can bring a lot of joy and we enjoy it together".
With his signing, Barcelona have a new feared front three that will look to bring back the much-desired Champions League.