21st May, 2019
He is and remains a Barca great and when he speaks about the team, everyone pays attention to what he has to say. Who else are talking about other than the master ball passer, Xavi?
This time around, he has decided to talk about the possibility of Antoine Griezmann joining Barcelona in the up-coming transfer window.
Griezmann informed his current club – Atletico Madrid – of his desire to move on, with those in the Spanish capital being forced to reluctantly accept that request. He has since then been linked with a summer switch to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid, but reports suggest that not everybody wants him at Camp Nou
The Barca great, Xavi sees potential problems for those at Camp Nou as talk of a big-money move for Antoine Griezmann builds.
The Barca management seem ready to do a deal, but reports suggest that not everybody at the club would welcome the addition of a player who so publicly turned down a transfer 12 months ago.
Even the pass master, Xavi admits that could be an issue, even if the playing staff should have no say in recruitment plans, with there clearly some obstacles to overcome before a World Cup winner can be acquired.
He reportedly told Sport of the ongoing Griezmann saga: “I understand it hurt what he did last summer.
“If the reason for the rejection [from Barca players] was only a footballing issue, I’d speak with the dressing room to make them see he’s a player who can bring something.
“We have to see, however, who is signing him? The sporting director? [Ernesto] Valverde? The president?
“If I came to Barca I would ask for the signings, and if the dressing room doesn’t agree with any of them, I’d speak with them, but in the end I decide. Be it Griezmann or whoever.
“Another thing would be if the coach doesn’t want him either. Then we have a problem.”
The Barca boss, Valverde however appears to be in favour of an approach for Griezmann, as he revealed that efforts to land a “great player” have been opened.
He also said: “It is true we have already made contacts.
“It is true that contacts are ongoing, but the season isn’t over yet. We have the Copa Del Rey final still to play.
“We have the chance of winning two titles and we must try to focus on this issue
“Afterwards we will have time for everything else – we won’t say anything new when we are talking about players from other teams.
“We will see. He [Griezmann] is a great player. We’ve always said so.”
In the current season, Griezmann has added another 21 goals to his impressive tally with a total of 133 recorded in just 256 appearances for Atletico.
The player has been in Madrid since 2014 but is now destined to open a new chapter in his career.