BARCELONA – Antoine Griezmann insists that he does not regret having rejected an offer from Barcelona last summer through a documentary after having been presented at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
Barça finally completed Griezmann's signing of Atlético de Madrid on Friday after the forward's lawyer deposited his € 120 million release clause in La Liga.
Griezmann, 28, arrived in Barcelona on Saturday, underwent a medical examination and signed a five-year contract on Sunday before he was given the No. 17 shirt in front of his friends and family.
However, the arrival of the winner of the World Cup has divided the followers of the club. Some can not forgive the public way in which he rejected them in his television special "The Decision" in favor of staying at Atlético last year.
"I have done several bad things in the past," said the French international when asked about the documentary. "But I have never regretted anything because they are things I wanted to do at that moment.
"I did not play with either side. [Barca and I] Now we are together, and I can not wait to put on my shirt. If I have to apologize, I'll do it in the field. That's where I speak best. "
The Catalan newspaper Diario Sport even suggested in May that the Barça clubhouse had vetoed the arrival of Griezmann due to the documentary.
When asked if he could understand why the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez would be angry with him, he added: "Maybe, we'll see when I have the opportunity to meet them, everything can be arranged with assists in the field.
"What makes me happiest is being able to share a couple [a South American drink] with Messi. I am very happy, he is the No. 1 and a reference for all the players. He is going to be a legend for my children and their children. It's a joy to be able to play with him. "
Griezmann spent five years at Atletico, where he scored 133 goals in 257 games, but felt that now was the time to take on the challenge in Barcelona after having rejected them last year.
"I had a family to move to: a daughter at school with all her friends, a wife with a good life [in Madrid]"He said when asked why he refused to go to Barça 12 months ago." I was not ready to take this step. I thought I still had something to accomplish with Atlético. This year was different.
"But it's always difficult to leave a home, a place where you feel very comfortable, where your family, friends and teammates are, it was difficult, I only admire Atlético, I'm grateful to them and to Cholo." [Simeone].
"Now I have the challenge of trying to improve, finding my place in Barcelona, entering the team, being an important part of a great club and trying to win the league, the cup and the Champions League. in my honors. "