Antoine Griezmann: France World Cup winner announces Atletico Madrid departure

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Antoine Griezmann will finally leave Atletico Madrid this summer.

The Frenchman had been perennially linked with a move away from the Spanish club amid rumours of Barcelona interest.

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It is believed he will finally join the Catalan club if they meet his £104 million release clause, which was inserted as part of the five-year contract he signed last year.

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In a video message announcing his departure, Griezmann said: "It has been five incredible years, thank you very much for everything, I carry you in my heart.

"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.

"To tell you I have taken the decision to leave. To see other things, to have other challenges.

"The truth is it has been difficult to take this route, but it is what I feel I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years."

Griezmann’s last game for Los Colchoneros will be in an away fixture against Levante, meaning the striker has played his last game at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

The 28 year old has scored 133 goals in all competitions for the club.


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