15th May, 2019
Antoine Griezmann has finally confirmed the fact that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of this season. He did so as he thanked the club’s fans for giving him “so much love” for the period he played for their darling club.
Rumours have it that Griezmann is expected to make a switch to LaLiga champions Barcelona – just 11 months after turning down a move to the Catalan Giants.
Atletico made a post on its official Twitter account on Tuesday that read: “Antoine Griezmann has informed the club that he will not continue as a rojiblanco next season.”
This was followed by a video released by the player and the club in which Antoine Griezmann addressed Atleti’s fans and expressed his gratitude.
“Hi everyone. After talking to ‘El Cholo’ [head coach Diego Simeone], and Miguel Angel [Gil Marin, Atleti’s chief executive] and people from the board, I wanted to speak to you, Atletico fans, right away,” said Griezmann.
. @AntoGriezmann: “These five years have been incredible. Thank you very much for everything, I carry you in my heart.” pic.twitter.com/uz1jwQj1Sg
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 14, 2019
“You, the fans, have always given me so much love, and I wanted to tell you that I’ve made the decision to leave, to experience different things and have new challenges.
“It’s been very hard for me to take this path, but I feel that it’s what I need. 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. They were incredible moments that I will always remember. The truth is you’re in my heart.
“It isn’t easy for a player to receive so much love and that’s why I wanted to tell you today, so that you’re the first to know after the coach and the club. Thank you very much for everything. You’re in my heart. Thank you so much.
“These five years have been really incredible. I’ve enjoyed everything so much.
“I’ve given my all on the pitch, I’ve tried to behave well, when you have asked me for photos. I’ve tried to make the fans at the Wanda Metropolitano happy, as well as the many fans who come to our away games. I’m really grateful to all of you. Thank you so much, and goodbye.”
The player has however not indicated where next he will be playing even though the signs point at F.C. Barcelona.