Antoine Griezmann confirms decision to leave Atletico Madrid

Florence Fletcher
May 15, 2019

Los Rojiblancos confirmed on Tuesday evening that the French striker has informed the club that he will depart the club at the end of the season.

A native of Macon, France, the 28-year-old World Cup victor joined Atleti in 2014 from Real Sociedad.

"It's been an incredible five years", Griezmann said in the video.

And according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Barca are already in negotiations with the World Cup victor over a summer move to the Nou Camp.

"Barcelona are now ready to pay €125M release clause for Antoine Griezmann", tweeted Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano. "New meeting on next days".

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"After speaking with Cholo (club coach Diego Simeone), then with Miguel Angel and the people in the hierarchy of the club I wanted to speak with you, the fans, who have always given me a lot of love", said Griezmann, wearing a plain black t-shirt with a simple white background behind him. "Thank you very much for everything, I carry you in my heart".

Griezmann left Real Sociedad for Atletico in July 2014 and has scored 94 goals in 179 LaLiga games and a further 21 in 48 in the Champions League.

"I wanted to tell you that I have made the decision to leave, to face new things, new challenges".

Don't count out the interest of teams like Manchester United, in need of a summer makeover, and Paris Saint-Germain if Neymar happens to leave, though that feels unlikely.

"I know Antoine is very happy in Madrid and that he is very well there".

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