Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has announced he will be leaving at the end of this season after five years.
The World Cup winner signed a five-year contract last June but Saturdays La Liga match against Levante will be his last for the club.
“I wanted to tell the fans who have always given me a lot of love that I have taken the decision to leave, to see other things, to have other challenges,” the 28-year-old added, in a video posted on Twitter.
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“The truth is it has been difficult to take this route but it is what I feel I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years.”
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The Frenchman has scored 133 goals in 256 appearances for Atletico since joining from fellow Spanish outfit Real Sociedad in 2014.
He has won the Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup and the Uefa Supercup during his time at Atletico and has been the teams top scorer in each of the last five seasons.
Griezmann rejected an offer from Barcelona last year and revealed his thought process in a documentary called The Decision.
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Griezmann will be the third high-profile player to leave Atletico this summer after defender Lucas Hernandez agreed to join Bayern Munich and long-serving captain Diego Godin announced he would leave, with his contract set to expire.
Antoine Griezmanns impending move to Barcelona will place huge doubt over the future of Philippe Coutinho at the Nou Camp.
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Coutinho has struggled to hit top form since joining from Liverpool for £142m in January 2018, and sources Ive spoken to say the arrival of Griezmann from Atletico Madrid is likely to see the Brazilian depart.
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There will inevitably be speculation around Luis Suarez, too, but he has contributed more than Coutinho and it looks like the Uruguayan will stay this summer before quite possibly leaving in a years time.
If Coutinho is moved on, Im hearing a potential destination is Chelsea. The 26-year-old would be among the contenders to replace Eden Hazard – should the Belgium move to Real Madrid.
And the deal that tops the lot: Jackson Martinez to Guangzhou Evergrande in China for £36m just a few months after signing him from Porto for £30m. He barely played and scored just three goals but that did not affect his value.
However Chelseas hopes of making any signings depend on the outcome of an appeal against their transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Video: French striker Griezmann announces hes leaving Atletico Madrid
Philippe Coutinhos agent has refuted claims that Antoine Griezmann is set to replace the Brazilian at Barcelona.
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Griezmann on Tuesday announced that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer with Barcelona posed to table a £104million bid to acquire his services.
Barcelonas interest has fuelled talk of Coutinhos exit, with Chelsea touted as a possible destination should FIFA grant them a grace period from their two-window transfer ban.
Interestingly, Barca buying Griezmann may in turn trigger the sale of Coutinho. Were not sure where the Brazilian will end up, but can see one of our Premier League rivals spending the money if we decide against it.
However, Coutinhos agent Andrea Bertolucci has moved quickly to dispel any rumours of his client leaving the Nou Camp.
I dont know why they are saying that. I dont know about that and thats why I dont want to talk anymore, but its false.
Coutinho has notched just 11 goals in 53 games since arriving at Barcelona from Liverpool in a £145m deal in January 2018.