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'Griezmann was signed by Barcelona president who is not a football person' - Victor Font

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font has blamed the former president Josep Maria Bartomeu for the signing of Griezmann

6:38pm on Thursday 19th November 2020
Cameron Smith

Antoine Griezmann's transfer from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona has, for all intents and purposes, not worked out at all.

He seems unable to function with Lionel Messi, with both players looking to play in the same pockets, and it appears to be £108 million wasted.

With only 11 league goals since his move away from the capital, Griezmann has struggled to carry over his form for both Atleti, and the French national side.

He hasn't been favoured by Ronald Koeman nor was he first-choice under his predecessor Quique Setien, but it may not be his fault.

Victor Font has suggested that the transfer was made by the former president of the club, Josep Maria Bartomeu, rather than the manager.

In an interview with Unanimo Deportes, the presidential candidate revealed: "Griezmann’s acquisition was overseen by the FC Barcelona president, who is not a footballing person."

Font went on to say that “a fundamental change of the personnel who make up the board of directors [is needed]. At present, the board is composed of rich people who are passionate about the club but have limited experience in the world of football and conducting business in the world of sport.”

The presidential election is set to take place in Barcelona on January 24, with Font the current front-runner.

In the interview, Font added "my board of directors will include business people who have relevant experience in the world of sport and the board will only focus on strategic decisions that affect the club.

"We plan to have a wealth of talent on the board with individuals with experience in both business and sporting areas who will provide us with the ability to make correct day-to-day decisions.”

If Font is elected president, it's unlikely that Griezmann will be sticking around for too much longer.

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