Officer: Griezmann announces his change

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Antoine Griezmann will leave the Atlético Madrid in the summer. The Spanish say that the French world champion informed the club of his departure in a meeting with coach Diego Simeone and managing director Miguel Angel Gil Marin. He's looking for a new challenge.

Griezmann explains his decision: "It was difficult to choose this route, but it is what I need now"In the direction of the Atlético supporters, the old number seven says:"I want to thank you for all the affection. I carry you in my heart. I wanted you to be the first to know".

Griezmann is likely to be attracted to FC Barcelona. The change makes its opt-out clause possible, which falls from 200 to 120 million euros on 1 July. Already during the last season, the 28-year-old flirted extensively with the Blaugrana, but ultimately decided to extend his contract with the Atlético to 2023.

24 million for San Sebastian

Now the U-turn. Griezmann had moved to Madrid from Real Sociedad San Sebastian in 2014 for 30 million euros. The Basques receive strong,Brand& # 39; A resale investment of 24 million euros. 96 million go to the account of the Atlético, which will have difficulty replacing its superstar.

In 256 games the Rojiblancos reach striker 133 goals and 50 assists. With Atléti Griezmann he won the Spanish Super Cup, the Europa League and the European Super Cup. In the summer he won the world title with the French national team, four strokes and three assists at his left foot.

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