Antoine Griezmann has informed Atlético de Madrid that he is leaving. He made a decision a year ago and now he has changed course. He made the decision to stay in the Metropolitan, but now, after an irregular season, full of problems, the French striker has decided to leave the rojiblanco club. The Barça he awaits you with open arms because its clause goes down from July 1 from 200 million euros to 120.
On Saturday, and before I raised, Griezmann will play his last game with the Atlético shirt. After a meeting, promoted by the club itself, that conclusion has been reached. I wanted to know Miguel Ángel Marín, the chief executive officer, and Diego Pablo Simeone, the technician, the intentions of the French star. They did not want both, nor the player himself, to expose himself to the same situation as last season.
"I have made the decision to leave, to see other things, to take other challenges, I have you in my heart, athletic" (Griezmann)
"Hello everyone, after speaking with Cholo and with Miguel Ángel", the French striker says in a video to communicate his goodbye. "After talking to the people in the offices I wanted to talk to you at once, athletic and a fondness that has always given me a lot of affection," continued Griezmann.
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"I've made the decision to leave, to see other things, to take other challenges, the truth is that it took me a lot to make the decision and that new path, that's what I feel and what I need," said the French player. remembering "those five years in which I won my first titles and my first trophies." It has been five years in which I have left everything on the field and I have tried to be a good guy ".
They wanted to listen to Griezmann as soon as possible because Atlético must rebuild the draft as soon as possible because you are leaving the most important pieces. And French is, of course, the most. Barça, meanwhile, saves silence waiting for all the pieces to fit before announcing the signing of the forward, which he already wanted a year ago.
Then, and convinced by his colleagues, especially Godín, who now goes to Inter, and for Simeone, Griezmann decided to continue one more season. But it has not gone as he intended because, moreover, has broken the balance of the wardrobe because of his salary as a world star. Now, at this point, the striker believes it is necessary to leave the Metropolitan protected by the desire to find new attractions in his sports career, joining Barça, a team that guarantees a winning project together with Messi Y Luis Suarez
Dybala and Cavani
In fact, the player's teammates, as reported last Sunday by the Cadena SER, were already aware of their willingness to leave. For that reason, Atlético urged a meeting as soon as possible so that the process would not be delayed further, thus having the ability to act in the market. Dybala, the star of Juventus, who has lost weight in Turin, and Cavani, the center forward of Paris SG, are the two great candidates that Simeone manages to fill the immense gap that Griezmann will leave in the attack of Atlético, taking into account also that Diego Costa It has not performed as expected.
The arrival of the Frenchman at the Camp Nou will have an immediate effect: the departure of Coutinho
In the Barça the arrival of Griezmann will cause an immediate effect. It's the output of Coutinho, a player who has not performed as expected of him despite being the most expensive signing in the history of the club azulgrana. A year and a half ago he landed at the Camp Nou from Anfield. No sign of that player for which 160 million euros were paid. The arrival of Griezmann generates the first step of a long market in which players will also intervene as Hazard, that will go to Madrid with payment of 100 million to Chelsea, and, of course, to Coutinho himself, who has a large market in English football.
Whistled in April
At Camp Nou, there is silence, waiting now for the French striker's withdrawal clause to drop to 120 million. In this way, the club will complete the trident attack that he had designed last season without having to live so much of the goals of Messi and Suarez, the most destabilizing factors.
After spending five years at Atletico, Griezmann understands that it is time to leave because, at 28, he does not want to lose more time without winning titles. Has achieved 15 goals in the current league leading the Simeone team to second place, behind Barça de Valverde.
A year ago he already had the ticket to fly to the Camp Nou, but at the last breath he announced his decision in that novel documentary produced by Gerard Piqué. His last visit was on 6 April at Barça-Atlético (2-0) and every time he touched the ball he was whistled by the Barça crowd. If nothing changes, your next visit will be to be presented as a new Barça player.
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