Pique defends his role in Griezmann saga

first_imgTransfers ‘I haven’t betrayed Barca’ – Pique defends role in Griezmann documentary Dejan Kalinic 11:55 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid Richard Heathcote Transfers Barcelona Atlético Madrid Primera División Antoine Griezmann The defender dismissed questions over his commitment to his club after his role in in the French striker’s transfer decision Barcelona defender Gerard Pique dismissed criticism of his role in Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann’s decision about his future.In a documentary aired earlier this week, Griezmann announced he was staying at Atletico after a long-running transfer saga, during which the France international was linked to Barca.The video was produced by one of Pique’s companies, leading to criticism of the Spain international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar However, the 31-year-old said he had no involvement in the production, other than suggesting the idea to Griezmann.”It’s one of my companies, the idea came from months ago when I spoke to Griezmann,” Pique said after Spain’s 3-3 draw against Portugal at the World Cup on Friday.”He told me there was a chance to come to Barcelona and I told him we’d record it, that it could be great content for people to see someone take such an important decision.”From there, I wasn’t involved, obviously. I wasn’t filming to see what he had to say and people saw that until the last day he wasn’t sure.”Yesterday morning they called me and told me that it would go out that night and in the end, he says he’s staying, so he stays.”Mi afición, mi equipo, MI CASA! @atleti  Mes supporters, mon équipe, MA MAISON ! @AtletiFR  My fans, my team, MY HOME!!! @atletienglish   pic.twitter.com/ByD8Cju5Yb — Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) June 14, 2018 Pique said he only knew of Griezmann’s decision on Thursday, revealing he immediately told Barca.”I have not betrayed Barca and I’m surprised anyone would doubt my commitment to Barcelona because I’ve been a fan since birth,” he said.”I found out that Griezmann was staying at Atletico Madrid the same morning the report went out and I told people at the club.”The defender is a constant source of controversy and was once again in the headlines on Friday after claiming that Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo was “prone to diving.”last_img