Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


Emergency meeting called at Atletico Madrid over Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Gomez- cropped Getty Images
Noah Ferguson | 15 May, 2019, 08:57

The France worldwide forward announced his intentions to leave the club at season's end in a video tweeted out by the club.

"After talking with Cholo [Diego Simeone], Miguel Angel and the people from the offices, I wanted to talk to the fans who have given me a lot of love", Griezmann said.

Within a few moments, the player himself then posted a video explaining himself. I wanted to say thank you for everything you have given me throughout these five years in which I have won my first important trophies for a club.

"It's been an incredible five years", Griezmann said in the video. "I have you all in my heart".

"It's been a hard route to take, but it's what I feel I need".

The forward has been at the club since 2014, and made headlines a year ago after a controversial video depicting his decision to stay in Madrid and snub Barcelona. The 28-year-old blossomed into a superstar at Atletico after beginning his career at Real Sociedad. "Hopefully the day he leaves us will be a goodbye like Godin's".

Griezmann, who scored 133 goals in more than 250 matches with Atletico, did not give any hints about his future but he has been widely linked with a move to Barcelona, with some Spanish media saying he has already reached a deal with the Catalan club.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Atletico were not informed by Griezmann where he will move, but he did tell them he will deposit his release clause with the league at the start of July.

Griezmann becomes the third big name to head for the Atleti exit at the end of a season in which they finished as runners-up to Barca in La Liga.

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