Griezmann Was Going To Leave Barcelona Before Koeman Arrived – Agent

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann was assessing his exit options from Camp Nou before speaking to new head coach Ronald Koeman, claims former agent Eric Olhats.

The French attacker endured a difficult first season with Barca which prompted talk of an exit amid links to Paris Saint-Germain.

Olhats, who previously represented Griezmann, claims the 29-year-old was eyeing a move away from Barca prior to Koeman replacing Quique Setien.

“Before the [8-2] defeat in the Champions League to Bayern [Munich], Antoine only had the desire to leave Barcelona,” Olhats told RMC.

“The reality is that Griezmann perceived that he was not part of the club’s plans, that he could not continue like this.

“He was seriously studying how to leave. Then what we know happened and a conversation with Koeman reassured him. [Koeman] expressed his plans, because he considers him an important player for the future.”

While Messi may be leaving Barcelona, Koeman recently revealed his desire to play Griezmann in his preferred position next season as he looks to ensure the Frenchman shelves thoughts of an exit.

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“He is not a traditional winger, so you have to play him in his own position, in a role that suits him and where he can showcase his abilities,” the Dutch manager told NOS.

“You have to know your players as a coach and ensure you get the best out of them.”