Eric Olhats criticized the Argentine superstar harshly by calling him ‘deplorable’. Now, however, he says his comments were influenced by media conjecture.
Griezmann’s former adviser has shown remorse for his controversial statements about theFrench footballer
’s relationship with team-mate Messi by writing an open letter. Eric Olhats’ withering attack ledMessi
to say: “I’m tired of always being everyone’s problem at the club.”
Olhats told France Football’s reporters: “He’s at the same time emperor and monarch, and he didn’t see Antoine’s arrival with a good eye. His attitude has been deplorable, he made him feel that. I’ve always heard Antoine say there’s no problem with Messi, but never the other way around.”
Emmanual Lopes, Griezmann’s uncle, explained the statements by accusing Messi of not working hard and mentioning Griezmann’s concern on success at Barcelona.
Ronald Koeman, head coach ofFC Barcelona
, has also reflected on the situation and was not kind to him when Olhats stated that he did not have any inside information and regrets the outcome.
Olhats’ open letter apology published by Marca has read: “Firstly, I want to make it very clear that Antoine Griezmann NEVER informed me about this subject. The comments that I made in France Football were based on a situation that was put forward by various media outlets during last season. I understand that my comments are subjective and that I could even be mistaken. For that, I am the only one responsible. I also want to make clear that I don't agree with the comments made by the player's uncle about the supposed differences between Griezmann and Messi.
“In response to the comments from Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, who labelled the issue as nonsense, I understand that he is defending his club and his players, but he's not fully accurate in two matters."
“He also says he hasn't seen any problem between the players since he arrived. The majority of these problems took place last season when he wasn't the coach. Aware that the victim in all of this issue is Antoine Griezmann, I sincerely regret this and I am sorry. This will be my last comment on the issue.”