All of Europe’s top clubs have been put on notice as World Cup winning striker Antoine Griezmann has annouced he will be leaving Atletico Madrid over the summer after five years in the Spanish Capital.
After much publicity around his future last summer, the French international signed a Five year deal to stay with the La Liga side however, it is understood their final league game of the season against Levante will be his last for the club.
The only issue would be the substantial buyout clause that was written into the contract, which is believed to be 120m euro’s, although Spanish Champions Barcelona are understood to be willing to meet that asking price.
The striker made the announcement via a short social media video, in which he said,
“It's been an incredible five years. Thank you for everything, 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 continued to say;
“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.”
Although Atletico haven’t completely matched the heights of Spain’s two super powers Real Madrid and Barcelona he will leave the club as their top goal scorer for each off the past five seasons with a record of 133 goals in 256 appearances. Alongside that he has been instrumental in helping them to collect winner’s medals from the Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup and the Uefa Super Cup.
Barcelona’s relentless approach for the Atletico star is no secret as the Madrid based outfit have already reported Barcelona to Fifa over an illegal approach back in 2017, while Griezmann rejected an offer months later instead agreeing to stay in Madrid even revealing his thought process as to way he turn them down in a documentary called “The Decision”.
The news won’t go well with Atletico personal and fans alike as he will be the third big name to leave the team this summer after the announcement of long serving Club skipper Diego Godin allowing his contract to expire and first choice defender Lucas Hernandez joining German Champions Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.