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Barcelona dressing room split over Griezmann - report

Some are keen on him, others not so much.

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The FC Barcelona dressing room is debating whether they would like Antoine Griezmann to join them from Atlético Madrid, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Some of the club’s biggest players are against the move according to the report, as are most fans from what has been seen in online polls. However, it is not a unanimous decision. MD reports several veteran players are keen on his arrival.

One example is Ivan Rakitić, who said in an interview, “I like Griezmann, a lot, actually. He is a player of the highest level, one of the best in the world, of course I would love if he played for my team. He is a great professional that has won nearly everything and who for sure can help any team.”

MD says Griezmann’s biggest defenders are just that: defenders. The report states that defensive players and midfielders like how much he sacrifices in pressing and defending. Apart from his goalscoring ability, his workrate under Diego Simeone at Atlético Madrid would be very helpful, these players think.

They reportedly accept that Lionel Messi doesn’t have to press, but they’re looking for more sacrifice from the other forward players.

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