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Antoine Griezmann confirms he is leaving Atletico Madrid amid Barcelona interest

Antoine Griezmann confirms he is leaving Atletico Madrid amid Barcelona interest

In the video, Griezmann went on to say that he chose to leave the club to seek a new challenge, and made the decision after a meeting with manager Diego Simeone and club CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin.

Barcelona will pay the buyout clause in Griezmann's contract of 120m euros, BBC Sport understands.

The France international's five-year stint as the standout star of Diego Simeone's side will come to a close when Atletico conclude their La Liga campaign away to Levante on Saturday.

The move comes amid rumours of a new bid from Barcelona for Griezmann, who turned down the Blaugrana's advances last summer before going on to help France lift the World Cup in Russian Federation. "I will keep you in my heart".

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Griezmann had previously been attached with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United.

Marca claims 2018 World Cup victor told the club that although he is grateful for the affection he has received since arriving from Real Sociedad four years ago, it is time for him to take on a new challenge elsewhere. "I believe that is what I need".

The Frenchman has scored 133 goals in 256 appearances for Atletico since joining from fellow Spanish outfit Real Sociedad in 2014.

"Antoine Griezmann has informed the club that he will not continue as a rojiblanco next season", a post from Atleti's official Twitter account on Wednesday (AEST) read.