Placed on the bench of Atlético de Madrid because of an economic showdown between Barça, with whom he is under contract, and the Colchoneros, Antoine Griezmann seems to be at an impasse at the end of the transfer window. This Wednesday, in Rothen ignites, on RMC, Jérôme Rothen felt that the French world champion should consider joining OM.
Marseille fans did not have Cristiano Ronaldo. But they wouldn’t say no to Antoine Griezmann. While the hashtag #RonaldOM has caused a stir in recent weeks, the #GriezmannOM has also flourished on social networks at the end of the transfer window. Enough to give ideas to Jérôme Rothen.
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While the 31-year-old French striker has been a substitute since the start of the season and at the heart of an economic showdown between Barça, with whom he is under contract until 2023, and Atlético de Madrid, where he is on loan, the member of Dream Team RMC Sport believes that OM could be a very good way out.
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“Let him put passion back at the center of it all”
« He must take matters into his own hands and tell Atlético de Madrid ‘I’m going to go play elsewhere’, estimated Rothen on RMC, this Wednesday on RMC. He has said for a long time that he dreams of Marseille. You take your phone , you call Pablo Longoria and you tell him ‘I’m going to make financial efforts, can you open the door to the locker room for me, because I want to prepare well and do a full season to play in the Cup of the world ?’ What do you think Pablo Longoria would have said? No, it’s too difficult financially? But if Griezmann is ready to make an effort? (…) Let him put passion back at the center of it all, especially him, Antoine Griezmann … »
Placed on the bench during the first three days of La Liga and came into play each time in the last half hour, Griezmann owes this situation to clauses in his loan. If the Frenchman plays more than half of Colchoneros’ matches (with at least 30 minutes of playing time), the purchase option will automatically be lifted and Atlético will have to pay Barça 40 million, which the Spanish club, who seeks to save money, does not want to.
For Jérôme Rothen, Barça must give up this sum and consider another future for the former Real Sociedad player. « Barça no longer want it and they won’t have the 40 million from Atlético de Madrid, because otherwise he would have already played, » added the former PSG and Monaco player. There is no doubt that this hypothesis would please many people on the Canebière side.