Barcelona target, Griezmann confirms Atletico summer exit

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Antoine Griezmann Barcelona target

Barcelona target,Antoine Griezmann has confirmed his Atletico Madrid summer exit through a video posted to the club’s official Twitter account.

The Frenchman 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.

“It has been an incredible five years, thank you very much for everything, I carry you in my heart.” said the French forward.

“I wanted to tell you that I have made the decision to leave, to face new things, new challenges.

“Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart and see you later.”

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Reports says he had met with manager Diego Simeone and chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin on Tuesday to communicate his decision and open the door for him to make the switch to the Nou Camp.

Barcelona intended to sign the France star last summer but he made a high-profile decision to commit his future to Atletico Madrid.

With a release clause rising to €200m to fend off Barcelona’s interest including a clause which will see that figure drop to €120m on July 1,Barcelona will trigger his €120m release clause to sign the 28-year-old when the window opens.

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