Antoine Griezmann Confirms He Is Leaving Atletico Madrid Amid Barcelona Interest

‘Thank you for everything’: Antoine Griezmann confirms he is leaving
Atletico Madrid as he bids farewell to club with Barcelona move imminent
Antoine
Griezmann has announced his departure from Atletico Madrid with his
anticipated move to Barcelona expected to be completed imminently.

Reports
surfaced this week suggesting Barcelona had triggered the Frenchman’s
£108million release clause after he informed the club about his desire
to join the Catalans.

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Griezmann, who snubbed the option to move
to the Nou Camp last summer and instead committed his future to
Atletico, confirmed on Tuesday evening that his time at the club is now
over.

The forward bid his farewells in a heartfelt video posted
on social media, saying: ‘It’s been an incredible five years; Thank you
very much for everything, I take you in the heart.’

Griezmann’s
announcement represents a massive U-turn, having declared Atletico was
‘my home’ in the midst of Barcelona’s pursuance of him last year.

The
Frenchman only penned a new deal at Atletico worth around £22m 12
months ago but it is now believed he will sign for Barcelona ahead of
the 2019-2020 campaign.

Griezmann’s arrival in Catalan could have
huge ramifications on Philippe Coutinho, who has struggled to live up
to the billing since moving from Liverpool in a mega-money deal back in
January 2018.

Despite the Brazilians struggles to settle in
Barcelona, Coutinho has still featured regularly under Ernesto Valverde,
making 53 appearances in all competitions.

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