Antoine Griezmann has recently informed his football club, Atletico Madrid, that he will be leaving this summer. Sources have also reported that the player is likely to sign with Barcelona next season less than 12 months after the player turned the club down.
Atletico Madrid decided to release a brief statement on Tuesday morning to reveal that Antoine Griezmann has stated that he will be leaving the club after playing for them for more than five years. This was followed up with a video post on social media that showcased the French forward explaining his decision to leave the club to his supporters.
Antoine Griezmann’s Future
Initial reports of Antoine Griezmann wanting to Atletico Madrid at the end of the season first surfaced in March 2019. He was offered to several of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Barcelona. However, the Catalans were not interested initially in reopening the transfer discussion as he turned the club down last summer.
The World Cup winner in 2018 from France played his entire football career in Spain, arriving at Atletico Madrid in 2014 from Real Sociedad. Paris Saint-Germain is another elite football club that is currently interested in signing the 28-year-old player.
Barcelona was under the impression that a singing deal was in place for Antoine Griezmann before the start of the World Cup. However, the Catalans were caught off guard when Griezmann released a statement before the tournament started in Russia where he commented on his plans with Atletico Madrid.
However, Antoine Griezmann had a change of heart after this occurred, while Barcelona has also decided to change their minds after much debate for a possible signing that first surfaced in March.
Antoine Griezmann’s Records
Antoine Griezmann managed to score 133 goals in a total of 256 matches across all competitions in 5 seasons for Atletico Madrid. This allowed him to be the leading scorer for his team. He managed to score 126 goals in La Liga alone which places him fourth just behind Christiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi.
Griezmann also managed to win three football titles in 5 years with Atletico Madrid, including the 2014 Spanish Super Cup, the 2018 UEFA Super Cup, and the 2017/18 Europa League. He was also the player that unfortunately missed a vital penalty during the UEFA Champions League final in 2016 against Real Madrid in a penalty shootout.
Josep Maria Bartomeu has recently informed reporters that there are absolutely no bad feelings with Antoine Griezmann. Barcelona has since made Antoine Griezmann and Matthijs de Ligt, the Ajax defender, their primary targets during the summer.
The horrible Champions League defeat against Liverpool last week in the semi-finals further enhanced the decision by the club to add fresh legs to an ageing club. Barcelona can attempt to negotiate a deal with the current club but remain reluctant to start talking to anyone about Griezmann until July when the clause of Griezmann drops from $200 million to $120 million.