Lionel Messi: 'Barcelona need Antoine Griezmann for Champions League'

Florence Fletcher
June 13, 2018

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has admitted that Frenchman Antoine Griezmann will be of great advantage for Barcelona if the club signs him this summer.

Antoine Griezmann intends to clear up his future before the World Cup begins, saying after France's draw with the United States on Saturday that he will reveal all this week.

The 27-year-old is linked with a move to LaLiga champions Barcelona, but he may yet remain at Atletico.

This (the World Cup ) starts on Saturday, so it will be defined this week.

"Appearing alongside Griezmann, France coach Didier Deschamps joked that the player will be "staying in Spain" and teammate Kylian Mbappe said the only thing he knows that "[Griezmann] will be on the plane [to Russia]".

However, at a France press conference on Tuesday afternoon, he declined to give an update on his future intentions.

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"I'm sorry for the wait, but today is not the day".

"I don't know what happened against the U.S., we prepared well".

If the Catalan club signed him now, it would cost them €200 million but if they wait until the turn of the month, it will be halved to €100 million.

"There's no more pressure on me, I am relaxed, focused on the World Cup".

Seeing how things have come full circle for Griezmann is just attractive and we're eager to see how he performs on the grandest stage of them all, especially considering how electric he was two years back.

"I can only say that to win the Champions League you have to have the best players".

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