In an interview with Movistar +, via L’Equipe, the 29-year-old insists there is no rift with the Argentine and remains confident he can rediscover his form with the Catalan club.
Antoine Griezmann Addresses Issues at Barcelona and Insists There is no Rift With Lionel Messi
Frenchman Looking to Rediscover Form in La Liga
Griezmann joined Barcelona in 2019 from Atletico Madrid in a £108 million deal but has struggled to rediscover the form that convinced Barça to part with a significant amount of money.
In 58 appearances, Griezmann has managed 17 goals and five assists, but his performances have come under criticism from many fans as he looks to re-establish himself as one of the worlds best.
What Griezmann Said
Speaking with former Argentina striker Jorge Valdano on the Movistar + channel, Griezmann said: “When I arrived in Barcelona, which I had refused a year before, there could be comments even in the dressing room. But I wanted to apologise, if necessary, on the pitch.
“I spoke with Leo (Messi) when I arrived and he told me he was wrong when I refused to go to Barca the first time because he had made public comments, before that I refuse. But he told me he would give anything with me and that’s what I notice and feel every day.”
But relations became strained when Eric Olhats and his uncle spoke of his difficulties with the Argentinian. Griezmann added: “I have not had a relationship with Eric since I got married. He did not come to my wedding, I was very angry, he is not my advisor and I have no relationship with him.
“Since no one around me speaks, he thinks like everyone else and can do a lot of damage. This can create doubts in the locker room and in my relationship with Leo (Messi). Luckily Leo knows I have a lot of respect for him, I’m learning from him. And then my uncle, who doesn’t know what football is. I told Leo that I don’t had nothing to do with them.