Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has admitted that it was a “b * tch” to lose Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid late within the switch window as a result of it didn’t go away time to safe a substitute.
Griezmann’s departure helped the membership’s monetary state of affairs enormously and Barça accomplished the signing of Sevilla striker Luuk de Jong, however Koeman insists the Dutch worldwide had already been a goal for a number of weeks earlier than the deal was agreed.
Griezmann will make Atletico stronger and proved his class once more by overlaying twice for France towards Finland on Tuesday evening to maneuver degree with nationwide legend Michel Platini on Les Bleus’ checklist of all the highest scorers of all time.
“It was completely sick,” Koeman instructed SPORT concerning the time of the French departure.
“The deterioration as the deadline passed, with virtually no time to find a solution. Griezmann had a good contract and if he left he would help improve the club’s financial situation. That’s why I agreed to his departure. ”
The boss insists that De Jong was not supposed as a substitute and defined: “I had already talked to him since the beginning of August to study the possibility of incorporating him.
“I wanted a different future than I had and I thought of him because I know him very well. In fact, I wondered how it is possible that Barça never had a forward like Luuk. He will give us many variations, especially potential in the air. With him you can play a more direct football. ”
Luuk de Jong has gone to Barcelona on mortgage from Sevilla / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images
Koeman, who was eager to compromise and assist the membership the place he might by letting members of his squad be bought to take care of the monetary disaster, mentioned it was the same state of affairs as Griezmann with Emerson Royal. The Brazilian defender joined Tottenham for round 30 million euros.
“I told the club that if it’s important to raise money, Emerson can be sold because we have it [Sergino] Dest, [Oscar] Mingueza and even Sergi Roberto “, the coach defined. “I was not uncompromising in that sense, because I could have told them, ‘No, he’s not leaving.'”
Despite the tough circumstances during which the membership finds itself, which has additionally included the shock exit from Lionel Messi, Koeman has each intention of staying on the Camp Nou in the long run.
– I’m very completely satisfied to proceed as Barça coach for a few years, regardless of the tough occasions within the membership at this time, he says. “I think thanks to our decisions, coaches and technical staff, Barça have young players with a huge immediate future and hopefully in three, four or five years I can continue.”
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