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Lenglet Says Griezmann is Happy at Barcelona


Ahmed Ahmed

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 02:51 GMT

Clement Lenglet has said Antoine Griezmann is happy to be playing for Barcelona despite reports of discontent. The 28-year-old joined the club in a controversial transfer from Atletico Madrid this summer.

A lot was expected of the Frenchman after five stellar years with Atletico, but he has so far had a tough start to life at the Catalan side. Injuries to Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi left him as the only fit natural forward at the club during the start of the season.

There was a lot of pressure on his shoulders to cover their absence, and he struggled as Barca managed just two wins from their first six games.

As the three frontmen all returned one after the other, the form of the team has improved, and they won their last four consecutive games. Griezmann was left on the bench for the 4-0 win over Sevilla at the weekend in what was probably Barca’s best performance of the season.

This left many asking the question if manager Ernesto Valverde will continue to leave the Frenchman out.

There have also been rumours that Barca might be looking to offload the player in a cash plus player swap with PSG’s Neymar next summer, but the reports are yet confirmed.

AFP reported that his club and country teammate Lenglet spoke to reporters ahead of France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland and Turkey and said Griezmann was happy at the club.

"I am with him at the club and he is very happy there too. He's someone who is smiling every day and that doesn't change when he arrives in the French team," he said.

Messi said that Griezmann is settling well but needs time to fully adapt. "For me, he's a player that has just arrived -- and at a club like Barca, who play a little differently from other clubs -- and he's already scored three goals. He works a lot for the team."

"He helps us a lot with his talent, with his defensive effort, because he is a player who sacrifices a lot for the team," he added.

Dembele, who was sent off in the closing stages of the win against Sevilla, will be banned for two games if his appeal fails. This will include the clash against Real Madrid on October 26th. This will give Griezmann another chance to establish himself as he hopes to kickstart his Barcelona career.