(Spanish league) Antoine Griezmann off to BarcelonaSports | 15 May 2019 11:45 am
Antoine Griezmann is leaving Atletico Madrid and could be close to joining Barcelona next season.
The France forward told Atletico yesterday he has decided not to stay for a sixth season with the club.
He said in a video released by the Spanish club that he wants to "see different things, face other challenges.''
"It wasn't easy to make this decision, but it's what I feel and what I need,'' the 28-year-old Griezmann said. "I want to thank everyone for their support during these five years with the club where I've won my first important trophies. I've enjoyed some incredible moments and I'll never forget them.''
Griezmann joined from Real Sociedad in 2014 and helped Atletico win last year's Europa League title, along with one Spanish Super Cup and a UEFA Super Cup.
"I've truly enjoyed my time with the club,'' he said. "I've always left everything on the pitch, always tried to make fans happy.''
Griezmann, who scored 133 goals in more than 250 matches with Atletico, did not give any hints about his future but he has been widely linked with a move to Barcelona, with some Spanish media saying he has already reached a deal with the Catalan club.
Barcelona have acknowledged being interested in Griezmann, and the player once confirmed there was an offer made by the club. -AP