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Griezmann tells Atletico Madrid he’s leaving team

May 14, 2019

  • Sam Marsden

  • Moises Llorens

Antoine Griezmann has actually informed Atletico Madrid that he will leave this summer, with sources confirming to ESPN FC that Barcelona are enthusiastic of signing him less than one year after he turned them down.

Atletico released a brief statement Tuesday exposing that Griezmann had actually communicated his choice to leave the club after five seasons. They followed that up by posting a video of the French forward on social media describing his choice to fans.

” After talking to [coach Diego Simeone], [CEO Miguel] Angel Gil Marin and with people in the club’s hierarchy, I wanted to talk with you, the fans,” Griezmann said. “You have actually always revealed me a lot of love and I desired to be the very first to tell you that I have actually taken the decision to delegate see other things and take on other obstacles.

” It’s been a tough route to take, but it’s what I feel I need. Thanks for everything during 5 fantastic years here, where I was able to win my very first big prizes. There have been some extraordinary moments that I will always remember. You, the advocates, will constantly be in my heart.”

ESPN FC first reported in March that Griezmann, 28, wished to leave Atletico at the end of the season. He had been provided to a variety of Europe’s greatest clubs, including Barca, although the Catalans weren’t at first thinking about resuming talk with sign him after he turned them down after last summertime’s events.

The 2018 World Cup winner with France has played his entire expert career in Spain, having shown up to Atletico from Real Sociedad in2014 Another club with interest in Griezmann is Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Barca thought they had an offer in place to sign Griezmann before the World Cup and were caught off guard when, days prior to the competition started in Russia, he released a documentary called “The Choice,” which ended with him devoting his future to Atletico. He later signed a brand-new offer at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Nevertheless, Griezmann has actually had a change of heart ever since and Barca, after much debate among the board, have likewise altered their minds since the possibility of signing him re-aired in March.

Griezmann scored a team-leading 133 goals in 256 games across all competitions in 5 seasons for the club. His 126 La Liga objective participations (goals and assists) because span are fourth in La Liga behind Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo

Griezmann won 3 titles in his five seasons with Atleti: the 2017-18 Europa League, 2018 UEFA Super Cup and 2014 Spanish Super Cup. He likewise missed a charge in the 2016 UEFA Champions League last penalty-shootout loss to Genuine Madrid.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu told ESPN FC last month that there were no bad feelings with Griezmann over the documentary, which he labeled “water under the bridge.” Barca have considering that made Griezmann, together with Ajax protector Matthijs de Ligt, one of their main targets for the summer season

The embarrassing Champions League loss to Liverpool last week even more enhanced the club’s opinion that they need to add new blood to an aging team.

Griezmann, meanwhile, has actually seen Atletico stagnate. They are on course to end up 2nd in La Liga however lost in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. His closest ally in the team, Diego Godin, likewise revealed recently that he would leave when his agreement ends in the summer season. Griezmann sobbed at Godin’s goodbye news conference.

Sources have actually told ESPN FC that Atletico were not notified by Griezmann where he will move, but he did tell them he will transfer his release stipulation with the league at the start of July. His present clause is EUR200 million, but it will drop to EUR120 million on July 1.

Barca could try to work out a handle Atletico, but sources near to the club have stated the Spanish champions stay reluctant to open talks before July when Griezmann’s clause dips, due to the fact the Rojiblanco reported them to FIFA for making a prohibited technique to Griezmann at the end of 2017.

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