Antoine Griezmann: Striker to leave Atletico Madrid at end of season

Tanya Simon
May 15, 2019

Atletico Madrid, which will also be losing center back rock Diego Godin this summer, released a video in which Griezmann thanks the fans and waxes poetic about his time at the club.

The move comes amid rumours of a new bid from Barcelona for Griezmann, who turned down the Blaugrana's advances last summer before going on to help France lift the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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

Atletico confirmed on Tuesday that Griezmann will leave at the end of the season and the France worldwide posted a video shortly after.

"I wanted to thank you for all the love you've given me in these five years, in which I've won my first important trophies with a club".

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Griezmann has netted 133 goals in 255 appearances for the Madrid outft since joining from Real Sociedad.

"After speaking with Cholo (coach Diego Simeone), then with Miguel Angel (chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin) 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".

In the video, Griezmann went on to say that he chose to leave the club to seek a new challenge, and made the decision after a meeting with manager Diego Simeone and club CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin.

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.

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