World Cup triumphing French striker Antoine Griezmann has told Atletico Madrid he will leave them in summer, the Spanish membership stated on Twitter on Tuesday.
The 28-yr-vintage Griezmann has a agreement until 2023 with Atletico, however has a buy out clause of 120million euros ($134million).
He is reportedly the target of La Liga opponents Barcelona.
“Antoine Griezmann has informed the membership he’ll not keep as a Rojiblanco (crimson and white, the club’s colorings) subsequent season,” the club stated on Twitter.
Within a few moments the participant himself then published a video explaining himself.
He said: “It’s been an great 5 years. Thank you for the entirety,” he stated.
“I desired to tell the fanatics who have always given me lots of love that I even have taken the decision to depart, to see other things, to have other demanding situations.
“The reality is it has been hard to take this route however it’s far what I sense I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me at some stage in those 5 years.”
While in Atletico, he scored 133 dreams in 256 appearances, when you consider that joining from fellow Spanish outfit Real Sociedad in 2014.
He gained the Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup and the Uefa Supercup for the duration of his time at Atletico and has been the group’s pinnacle scorer in every of the final 5 seasons.