Atletico Madrid unhappy with Griezmann's move to Barcelona, set to open legal proceedings
The drama surrounding Antoine Griezmann's move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona continues to roll on after the Madrid club released an official statement indicating all regulations were not met.
Barcelona announced the signing of the French international on Friday evening, ending rumours about his imminent move to the Champions.
According to Madrid, however, the negotiations between the player and Barcelona started way before the club deposited the release clause.
"Antoine Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, has appeared at the headquarters of the Professional Football League to unilaterally terminate the contract that links the player with Atlético de Madrid, with Fútbol Club Barcelona having deposited the sum of 120 million euros in the name and on behalf of the footballer,"
"Atlético de Madrid considers that the deposited amount is insufficient to cover his buyout clause since it is obvious that the agreement between the player and FC Barcelona was closed before the clause was reduced from EUR 200 million to EUR 120 million. It was also prior to the date on which the clause was modified the communication that the player made on 14 May announcing his disassociation from the club,"
"Atlético de Madrid believes that the termination of the contract happened before the end of the last season due to facts, acts and demonstrations made by the player, and therefore has already initiated the procedures it has deemed appropriate to protect their rights and lawful interests,"
Griezmann announced in May that he was ready to leave the club, with his destination widely thought to be the Catalonia side.