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Lionel Messi Denies Antoine Griezmann Phone Call - Report

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Mundo Deportivo contradicts earlier reports of a Messi-Griezmann phone call

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According to Mundo Deportivo, Lionel Messi denies having made a call to ask Antoine Griezmann to join FC Barcelona, as previously reported. Diario AS had claimed Messi had personally phoned the Atlético Madrid star to assure him he would be welcomed into the Barcelona dressing room.

But MD says they reached out to Messi’s inner circle, who not only denied the call, but expressed displeasure at the original report. Messi’s camp is said to even be exploring legal options to combat that “false” article.

The report concludes by saying:

“Leo is fed up of being used as an excuse, justification, or barrier to influence certain operations that he neither participates in nor attempts to impose himself in. The Argentine is not one to seek to influence decisions the club takes over transfers or of an administrative character.”