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Antoine Griezmann moving on from MLS All-Star foe — Adios Atleico Madrid

15 May 2019

"The club and I wanted Diego to stay", Simeone said ahead of a home meeting with Sevilla.

Los Rojiblancos confirmed on Tuesday evening that the French striker has informed the club that he will depart the club at the end of the season.

And in order to facilitate his departure from the club, the Frenchman will himself pay the club their asking price.

"I wanted to thank you for all the love you've given me in these five years, in which I've won my first important trophies with a club".

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 Russian Federation.

The France worldwide forward has announced that he will be leaving the club, with multiple reports suggesting a move to Spanish rival Barcelona is in the offing.

And according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Barca are already in negotiations with the World Cup victor over a summer move to the Nou Camp.

The 28-year-old Griezmann has a contract until 2023 with Atletico, but has a buy out clause of 120million euros ($134million) and has been the target of several approaches from La Liga rivals Barcelona.

"Talks ongoing with the player about the contract to finalize the deal (5 years)".

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 scored a team-leading 133 goals in 252 games across all competitions.

He added: "I have to leave, I want to see new places and face new challenges, it's what I need now".

Antoine Griezmann moving on from MLS All-Star foe — Adios Atleico Madrid