Griezmann confirms he is leaving Atletico Madrid as Barcelona rumours swirl
Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he is leaving Atletico Madrid in a video posted to the club’s official Twitter account.
The France star only signed a five-year contract extension last summer, but has now said his time with the club will end after Saturday’s match against Levante.
The move comes amid rumours of a new bid from Barcelona for Griezmann, who turned down the Blaugrana’s advances last summer before going on to help France lift the World Cup in Russia.
Barca are reportedly willing to pay Griezmann’s release clause, which Goal understands will be €130 million (£113m/$146m) on July 1, for him to join ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
The Catalans were in hot pursuit of Griezmann last year, but the France star opted to sign a new contract with Atletico through 2023, announcing his intention in a televised special called “La Decision”.
But the 28-year-old has now had a change of heart, and will depart the club he joined from Real Sociedad in 2014.