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Atlético have obtained the transfer of Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, who returns to the club which has raised him to the highest level after an experience at Barça which will remain a failure.

Back to square one for Antoine Griezmann (30). It was the big issue of this end of the transfer window, and it has just materialized with the transfer on Tuesday of Griezmann to Atlético de Madrid, in the form of a loan with option to buy, from the Barça.

A time mentioned by the Spanish press and in particular Catalan, the exchange with Joao Felix could not be faced with the refusals of the leaders of Atlético. The two clubs nevertheless continued their discussions to finally agree on a dry transfer from the French international.

Never really blossomed at Barça

It is a homecoming for the world champion, two years after a painful start, which left traces in Madrid. The supporters, who could very well make him pay by reserving a tumultuous reception for his firsts, will certainly remember that it was at Atlético that Griezmann obtained his first feats of arms in club, reaching in particular the final of the Champions League with the Rojiblancos.

Missed out on his match and briefly whistled by the Barcelona public in what will remain his last game with Barça, Griezmann never really flourished in Catalonia. Not really accepted in Catalonia since the emotion aroused by the episode of his true-false transfer, its very slow adaptation and the gradual decline of a team that has long sought a coach and an identity have not favored its integration.

In Barcelona in two seasons, Antoine Griezmann scored 35 goals and delivered 17 assists in 99 matches played, almost as many as in the only 2017-2018 financial year played with Atlético (29 goals and 15 assists in 49 matches). Pushed out by the Catalan leaders, Griezmann will find a coach, Diego Simeone, who holds him in high esteem. Ideal for making a fresh start.

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