The Barcelona team plans to go to court to resolve the case surrounding the rental of striker Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman is currently on loan at Atlético Madrid, but it seems that he does not play much, with the “mattresses” believed to be deliberately not using him in order to avoid having to pay the mandatory buy-out clause embedded in the contract between the two clubs . It is for this reason that the Catalans are considering going to court, claims “Mundo Deportivo”.
There is a clause in Griezmann’s loan contract, according to which the “mattresses” will have to pay 40 million euros for the striker if he plays at least 45 minutes in 50% of the games during the season. However, the 31-year-old has been on the bench in each of Atlético’s first four matches so far, coming on in the second half and logging no more than 30 minutes of action.
“You’ve known me for 10 years. For me, the club always comes first. Griezmann was on the field when we needed him,” said Diego Simeone when asked about the Frenchman’s few playing minutes. With this, he hinted that he may have received an order from the team management not to rely so much on the 31-year-old attacker.
At Camp Nou, however, they are not at all satisfied with the situation and will seek their rights in court. However, the case is quite complicated and it will be difficult for the “Catalans” to convince the judges that Atlético somehow violates the contract between the two parties.
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) September 4, 2022