Barcelona To Probe Pique, Umtiti Over Failed Griezmann Bid


Barcelona has said they will speak to Gerrard Pique and Samuel Umtiti over their involvement in Antoine Griezmann’s decision to turn the club down.

Griezmann announced last week that he had made up his mind to renew his contract at Atletico Madrid, despite rumours that he was on the verge of joining the Catalan club.

A company owned by Pique reportedly produced the documentary in which the Atletico forward rejected an offer to sign for Barca, while Umtiti allegedly published the airing of the programme on social media.

Officials of the club were said not have any idea the documentary was being made, and were shocked at the manner in which Griezmann’s decision was revealed after months of negotiations.

“As a club, we respect Griezmann’s decision to renew with Atletico,” Barcelona vice president, Jordi Mestre said.

“But we feel bad for the supporters who felt disappointed with the way it happened and the way the final resolution came out.

“Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke with Pique to tell him that his involvement provoked surprise and discomfort at the club and among fans. We will speak with him and Umtiti internally after the World Cup about what happened but we won’t make any more public comments.”

Mestre refused to answer more questions on the issue, particularly on who had been in charge of trying to convince the Frenchman to move to the Camp Nou.

However, reports have also said that Atletico coach, Diego Simeone and captain, Diego Godin, played a big role in persuading Greizmann to stay in Madrid.

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