Antoine Griezmann “decision to leave Atletico Madrid”

The French striker Griezmann has told the club that he will be leaving this close season, the Spanish club said on twitter.

 The 28-year old has a contract until 2023 with the club, but has a buyout clause of 120 million euros and has been targeted by La Liga Rivals Bercelona.

Few moments later the player posted a video explaining himself  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, I wanted to tell you I have taken the decision to leave, I have had five wonderful season here and you always be in my heart, the truth is that it has been difficult  to take this route but it is what I feel I need and I will like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during this five years”. Said the French striker

With 133 goals in 252 games at the club the attacker has been ever-present and rarely been unfit or injured, he was a Champions League runner up in 2016, losing to arch-rivals Real Madrid. However Atletico beat Marseille in the Europa League final.

Griezmann finished third for the Ballon d’or in 2016, after France lost in the final to Portugal at the European Championships and was a huge presence as Les Bleus romped to a memorable World Cup win at Russia 2018 after which he also finished third for the Ballon d’or.

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