Antoine Griezmann: Striker Confirms he is Leaving Atletico Madrid at End of season
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has announced he will be leaving at the end of this season after five years.
The France forward only signed a five-year contract extension last summer, but has now said his time with the club has come to an end.
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Last summer, Griezmann snubbed a move to Barcelona and instead committed his future to Atletico, before making the big news this evening that he is leaving the club.
“It’s been an incredible five years. Thank you for everything,” he said.
“I wanted to tell the fans who have always given me a lot of love that I have taken the decision to leave, to see other things, to have other challenges,” the 28-year-old added, in a video posted on Twitter.
“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.”
Talk of Barca retaining an interest in the 28-year-old has rumbled on from that point, with another approach mooted for this summer.