MADRID: France striker Antoine Griezmann will depart Atletico Madrid on the quit of the season, the player said in a video released at the membership’s legitimate Twitter account on Tuesday.

The 28-year-vintage did no longer monitor where he would be playing subsequent but big reports in the Spanish media said he might be joining Barcelona, who he famously rejected closing 12 months earlier than penning a new settlement with Atletico until 2023.

world Cup winner Griezmann, who signed a brand new 5-12 months agreement closing June, said he had informed Atletico coach Diego Simeone and chief government Miguel Angel Gil Marin of his decision and addressed the supporters in the video message.

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“After talking to Simeone and Miguel Angel and the membership hierarchy I wanted to straight away let you know, the Atletico lovers who have constantly given me a whole lot of love that i've taken the choice to go away, to see different matters, to have other demanding situations,” he stated.

“The fact is it has been hard to arrive up to now but I sense it’s what I want to do, I need to thank you for all of the support you've got given me in these 5 years, where I gained my first trophies.”

Griezmann rejected an offer from Barca closing June, documenting his inner struggles approximately whether or not to make the pass in a landmark documentary referred to as ‘The choice’, produced by using Barcelona defender Gerard Pique’s Kosmos production business enterprise.

The remaining settlement he signed to start with raised his release clause to two hundred million euros ($224.06 million) but numerous media reports say that parent will drop to a hundred and twenty million on July 1.

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Griezmann, who joined Atletico from real Sociedad for a reported 30 million euros in 2014, has been the group’s pinnacle scorer in every of the five seasons he has been on the club.

He was Atletico’s inspirational figure after they gained the 2018 Europa League, scoring twice in a three-0 win over Olympique Marseilles within the very last, before helping them win the UEFA brilliant Cup. Griezmann additionally lifted the Spanish incredible Cup in 2014.

He played in the 2016 Champions League very last, which Atletico lost on penalties to real Madrid, and become named because the 0.33 high-quality player inside the international at that year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or awards.

“I’ve had some top notch moments which I’ll usually recollect, I’ll continually preserve Atletico fanatics in my heart, it’s by no means smooth to come to a decision like this,” brought Griezmann.

“Many thank you for the entirety, i've genuinely loved myself inside the final five years, I’ve given the whole thing on the pitch and that i’ve continually attempted to be an awesome person.

“i have tried to give lots of pleasure to the fans on the Wanda Metropolitano and to our enthusiasts at away video games, many thanks from my coronary heart and till subsequent time.”

Griezmann is the modern day high profile participant to announce that he is leaving Atletico on the give up of the season.

France defender Lucas Hernandez agreed to join Bayern Munich once they paid his 80-million euro launch clause and long-serving captain Diego Godin’s agreement is coming to an cease.