French footballer Antoine Griezmann announced Tuesday that he will leave Atletico Madrid after five seasons. He had already almost left his club for FC Barcelona last summer.
Antoine Griezmann will no longer wear red and white colors next year. The French player announced Tuesday, May 14, he was leaving Atlético Madrid, where he played for five seasons.
"It has been five incredible years, thank you very much to everyone, you will always be in my heart," said the 28-year-old French striker in a video posted on the Twitter account of the Spanish club.
"After talking with Cholo (his coach Diego Simeone), with Miguel Angel (Gil, the main shareholder) and with the club's employees (…), I made the decision to leave, to see other things and meet other challenges, "said the player. "It's a difficult decision but it's what I need and I want to thank you for all the affection you have shown me during these five years," he continued.
FC Barcelona interested
The French world champion has not yet indicated to which club he was heading, he who had already been close to leaving the Athletic for FC Barcelona last summer, before deciding to stay, announcing his decision in a video that was controversial just before the World Cup in Russia.
But Antoine Griezmann wants to win titles and Atlético Madrid seems at the end of the cycle, eliminated in the 8th finals of the Champions League this season and saw defensemen Lucas Hernandez and Diego Godin also announce their departure next season .
The club that wants to attach its services will pay the termination clause of its contract, which amounts to about 120 million euros according to the Spanish press, which still reports a strong interest of Barça against him.
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