Antoine Griezmann Confirms He's Leaving Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann to leave Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann has announced his departure from Atletico Madrid with his anticipated move to Barcelona expected to be completed imminently.

Griezmann now has a £108million (€125million) release clause, a fee which was decided after he penned a new five-year deal last summer.

A native of Macon, France, the 28-year-old World Cup victor joined Atleti in 2014 from Real Sociedad.

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Griezmann said in a video posted on the club's Twitter account: "It has been five incredible years, thank you very much for everything, I carry you in my heart".

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. "Thank you for everything", he said. "I wanted to tell you that I have made the decision to leave, to face new things, new challenges".

The Catalans were in hot pursuit of Griezmann previous year, but the France star opted to sign a new contract with Atletico through 2023, announcing his intention in a televised special called "La Decision". I just put the camera there to see how hard it is. Since 2014, he's been at Atletico and has scored 133 goals in 252 games for the club, winning three trophies.

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