In an interview with Sport, Enrique Cerezo, president of Atlético de Madrid, admitted that Barça had paid a little more than the amount of the release clause to recruit Antoine Griezmann in 2019.
It’s THE shock of the weekend in La Liga. FC Barcelona host Atlético de Madrid on Saturday (4:15 p.m., La Liga matchday 35) in a crucial meeting in the title race. Atlético is indeed leader with two points ahead of Barça, tied for second with Real Madrid. The meeting will also be the occasion for a reunion between Luis Suarez and Barça as well as between Antoine Griezmann and Atlético, whom he left in 2019 after a standoff between the two clubs.
The Madrid club had denounced the actions of Barça, which had paid the amount of the release clause which fell from 200 to 120 million euros after July 1, 2019. But for the Colchoneros, the Catalans had concluded the agreement with Griezmann before that date and therefore had to pay the 200 million euros. Almost two years later, Enrique Cerezo, president of Atlético, ensures that the page is turned.
Did Barça pay more than the clause? “Yes, there was something like that”
“All this is already forgotten, Griezmann is in Barcelona, he had decided to go to Barcelona and there he plays, he confides in an interview with Sport. It was a good deal for Atlético, for Griezmann and for Barcelona. ” Do Barça finally have more than the 120 million euros of the clause? “Yes, there was something like that,” he confirmed without saying more.
“Barça owe nothing,” he continues. “They are a great club and one of the most important teams in the world, and I wish Barça the best of luck in everything.” After a difficult start, the Frenchman is going through a very good period now. He spent five years at Atlético (2014-2019), which he refused to leave for Barça in 2018 so as not to weaken him as the club was hit by a recruitment ban.
Is a return to the Colchoneros possible? Cerezo does not know. “Not that I know of, but you know that anything can happen in this life, he concludes. I always say one thing: today you die, tomorrow the photographer, I win the lottery … Anything can happen ( laughs). “