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Griezmann joins Barca on a five-year deal

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Barcelona’s new French forward Antoine Griezmann poses with his new jersey next to the football club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu (R) during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on July 14, 2019. LLUIS GENE / AFP

Antoine Griezmann began the formalities of fitness and medical tests on his first day of pre-season as a Barcelona player yesterday. The World Cup winner visited his new club’s training ground for routine examinations a day after arriving in Catalonia.

Griezmann, 28, joined Barca on a five-year deal after the LaLiga champions triggered his €120million release clause at Atletico Madrid. His next official duty will be to meet the media for a photo session and news conference before training begins today.

Ernesto Valverde is expected to run the rule over more than a dozen first-team players, including €75m acquisition Frenkie de Jong, with one eye on the upcoming trip to Japan.

Barca face Chelsea and local club Vissel Kobe, now home to Andreas Iniesta, on July 23 and 27 respectively. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and the Blaugrana’s other Copa America representatives will not be present for the start of pre-season training, having been afforded additional time to recuperate.

Coutinho’s future remains uncertain amid claims from his agent that Barca are attempting to offload the Brazil international to Paris Saint-Germain in exchange for Neymar.

Valverde’s men finished 11 points clear atop LaLiga the last term but failed in their quest for a Champions League triumph, losing out to eventual winners Liverpool in the semi-finals.

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