Part of Barça dressing room happy to see Griezmann return to Atletico

Part of Barça dressing room happy to see Griezmann return to Atletico

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The French forward never felt at home at Barça after La Decision documentary

Antoine Griezmann's exit has relieved Barcelona's financial crisis. The club will save on his salary and will also make a 10 million euro loan fee and 40 million euro transfer fee if he plays 50 percent of Atletico's games. From a financial point of view, though, it's still bad, given they paid 130 million euros for him.

Sportingly, Griezmann never found his place in the team. He complained in public he wasn't playing his position. He felt conditioned by Lionel Messi. But the reality is under none of the three coaches (Valverde, Quique Setién and Koeman) did he deliver for a player of his status.

Setien and Koeman even left him out for big games. His contribution in attack (35 goals in 102 games, an average of 0.3 per game) was a long way short of expectation.

Finally, his personal situation in the dressing room was not the best. The wounds generated by the controversial documentary La Decision never fully healed. And even though on the face of it, he seemed happy with his relationship with the dressing room, the reality was different. He didn't feel loved or protected like at Atletico.

In fact, SPORT have learned that part of the squad are happy to see him re-join Atletico. They never considered him part of the group.

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