Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann announces Atletico Madrid, departure to join Barcelona

The French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann has announced his departure from Atletico Madrid with a move for a €125m (£108m) move to Barcelona this summer.

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.

The 28-year-old signed a five-year deal with Atletico last season and had a release clause inserted into his contract which will drop to £104million on July 1.

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 you that I’ve made the decision to leave to experience new things and have new challenges. It’s been very hard for me to take this path, but I feel that it’s what I need.,he told the Atlético fans.

“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.”

Griezmann left Real Sociedad for Atletico in July 2014 and has scored 94 goals in 179 LaLiga games and a further 21 in 48 in the Champions League.

The French man was frustrated at his side’s early exit from the Champions League – Atletico were dismantled by a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick – while his side again missed out to Barcelona for the title.