A two-minute video message was posted to Atlético’s official Twitter account on Tuesday night, in which Griezmann
confirmed that Saturday’s showdown with Levante would be the last.
“It’s been incredible for five years, thank you so much for everything, I take you to the heart,” Griezmann said.
The Frenchman has been the target of intense transfer speculation with Barcelona, who should try to hire him for the
second consecutive year.
According to Marca, Griezmann held a meeting with manager Diego Simeone and executive director Mguel Angel Gil Marin
to communicate his decision and open the door for him to move to the Nou Camp.
Griezmann was targeted by Barcelona last summer and took a high-profile decision to compromise his future at Atletico
Its release clause rose to € 200 million to defend itself from Barcelona’s interest – but the agreement included a clause
that would bring that value down to € 120 million on July 1.
Griezmann said he was frustrated when Real Madrid were knocked out by Juventus by the Champions League after a hat-trick
by Cristiano Ronaldo and reports that he was again considering his future in the Metropolitan Wanda.
Coach Simeone expressed his belief that Griezmann would stay, but now he will have to look for a new talisman.
Barcelona suffered their own defeat in the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool in the semifinals and wants
Griezmann to be the central figure of his renovation, eventually being the successor of the aged Lionel Messi.
He is linked to Manchester United, but reports in Spain suggest that the World Cup winner made his decision with a
move to Barcelona in mind.
United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League also means that Griezmann is almost certainly out of reach as
he faces a new challenge in his career.