Joan Laporta has confessed Antoine Griezmann was not the player Barcelona needed, suggesting the Frenchman 'did not fit in' the club's system.
Griezmann made a shock return to Atletico Madrid on the 2021 summer transfer window deadline day as he joined the defending La Liga champions on an initial one-year loan with the option for a second year and an obligation to make it a permanent transfer.
Griezmann had joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in a high-profile transfer in 2019, but the now 30-year-old never quite lived up to the lofty expectations at the Catalan outfit in his two seasons at the club.
Barcelona president Laporta has now admitted Griezmann was not the player they needed, but praised the player's attitude during his time with the Blaugrana. "He was not the player we needed," Laporta told Esport3 [via Sport]. "I think he could have given more but the circumstances were complicated. Maybe he didn’t fit in the Barça system."
Laporta added Griezmann's attitude 'was always correct' and that he was 'very alive, last year he scored goals, especially in the Copa del Rey.'
Meanwhile, Griezmann first joined Atletico Madrid in 2014 from Real Sociedad, and spent five successful seasons at the club before earning his move to Barcelona. The French international will now be hoping to do well in his return to the club.