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Didier Deschamps insists Griezmann could play well alongside Messi

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28 Aug 2020
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Messi sensationally told Barça that he wants to leave the LaLiga giants, having spent his entire professional career at Camp Nou.

Griezmann could play alongside Messi in other leagues

France manager Didier Deschamps insisted that Antoine Griezmann could play well alongside Lionel Messi as the Barcelona superstar eyes an exit. Messi sensationally told Barça that he wants to leave the LaLiga giants, having spent his entire professional career at Camp Nou. Griezmann, who arrived from Atlético Madrid at the start of the 2019-20 campaign. And his friendship with Messi made headlines throughout the season as the former battled for consistency. As Messi generates interest from Manchester City, PSG, and Inter, Deschamps was asked about the situation and Griezmann after he named his squad for the g France’s upcoming Nations League fixtures. “In the first part, it does not concern me. It affects Leo Messi and Barça, so I am not going to discuss it.

Antoine was happy to play with Leo

“As for Griezmann, can it have an influence? It remains to be seen. The question is more about his position, position on the field. He was genuinely happy to play with Messi. Sometimes it went fine and sometimes not so well. Their connection is not incompatible. It’s not dependent on me, and I have to take care of other things. That’s about the clubs. Antoine had a rather difficult season, even if that didn’t stop him from making a difference. Certainly less than with his former club, where the team was built around him at Atletico Madrid. It doesn’t change the value he has with the French squad. It depends on managers who can use different systems. The players still have to adapt.”

Griezmann scored 15 goals in all competitions in his first season for Barça. Which saw the Spanish powerhouse dethroned by Real Madrid in LaLiga and humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. After replacing Ernesto Valverde in January, head coach Quique Setien was also fired after an 8-2 embarrassment earlier this month, with Barça turned to Ronald Koeman. Koeman has since revealed his plans to move Griezmann moving forward with the Frenchman’s former agent, recently announcing that he is considering leaving the Camp Nou but now appears to be content with the club following talks with the Dutch manager.

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