Barcelona and France striker, Antonie Griezmann has opened up on his relationship with teammate, Lionel Messi.
He addressed reports that the pair have not been on good terms since his move from Atletico Madrid.
Speaking with Jorge Valdano on the latest edition of Universo Valdano, Griezmann revealed that his initial decision to reject a transfer to Barcelona in 2018 angered the superstar footballer.
“When I signed for the club I asked for forgiveness for delaying the move and saying I wouldn’t join Barcelona,”
“I told Lionel Messi that I would give everything on the pitch for the club.
“I spoke with Leo when I arrived and he told me that when I turned down the first chance to go, he was screwed because he had asked for it publicly, but he told me he was with me and I notice it every day.“
Griezmann’s former agent Eric Olhats and uncle Emmanuel Lopes have caused controversy by saying Griezmann has a negative relationship with Messi but the striker says he has no relationship with both men .
“He (Olhats) was very important in my life but I don’t have a relationship with him anymore,” Griezmann said.
“I stopped having any relationship with him since the day I got married. I invited him to the wedding day, and he didn’t come. That’s why I stopped having a relationship with him.
“My uncle doesn’t know how football works. And in the end, the journalist ended up getting the statement out of him. I told Leo that I never speak to them, in fact, I don’t even have my uncle’s phone number.
“My parents don’t talk to Eric either, so who is going to talk to him? He can do a lot of damage, and create problems in the dressing room.”