Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has revealed that the club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, was left “pissed off” by Antoine Griezmann’s decision to remain with Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann was heavily tipped to join Barca this summer, but revealed in a special documentary that he was staying with the Europa League champions.
“I spoke with Bartomeu [on Friday] morning, he called me, everything is fine.
“He’s pissed off because he wanted Griezmann to sign and thought he would end up coming.
“But Barca are much bigger than one player. If one player doesn’t want to come, he will have his reasons, be that sporting or financial, but there are others that will come,” Pique said.
Pique also hit back at suggestions that his involvement in the documentary, displayed a lack of respect towards his club.
“It’s surprising to hear doubts about my commitment towards the club,” Pique told reporters after Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal at the World Cup on Friday.
“Obviously, at the end of the day, it’s one of my companies, but that’s it. Griezmann told me months ago there was the chance he could come to [Barca] and he didn’t know what to do. I proposed the documentary and my team got to work,” he added.