Griezmann Announces Exit From Atletico Madrid, To Join Barcelona

Atletico Madrid's French striker Antoine Griezmann reacts after drawing a UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in London on December 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

French international, Antoine Griezmann has announced his departure from Atletico Madrid with a move to Barcelona very imminent.

According to reports in Spain, Barcelona triggered the Frenchman’s £108million release clause after he informed the club about his desire to join the Catalans.

Griezmann snubbed a move to Barcelona last year and by committing his future to Atletico Madrid. Things however changed  with the news of his exit which he made this evening.

In a heartfelt video posted on social media, the forward bid his farewells, saying:

‘It’s been an incredible five years; Thank you very much for everything, I take you in the heart.’

“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 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.”

The Frenchman who penned a new deal at Atletico worth around £22m 12 months ago will be joining Spanish Giants Barcelona ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign.


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