Griezmann announces Atletico Madrid exit

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The Catalans were in hot pursuit of Griezmann previous 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".

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.

The World Cup victor signed a five-year contract last June but Saturday's La Liga match against Levante will be his last for the club.

"The truth is it has been hard 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".

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 finalise the deal (5 years)".

In a video lasting more than two minutes, the Frenchman thanked the fans for the affection shown towards him during his five years at the club, as well as explaining his decision for leaving.

Griezmann has netted 133 goals in 255 appearances for the Madrid outft since joining from Real Sociedad.

"I have chose to leave, see other things, have other challenges and with great difficulty, this is what I feel and I need", Griezmann said. It's been very hard for me to take this path, but I feel that it's what I need.

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