Atletico Madrid CONFIRM Antoine Griezmann is leaving as Barcelona plan swoop

Antoine Griezmann confirms he is leaving Atletico Madrid amid Barcelona interest

Griezmann signed a new five-year deal before the start of the 2018/2019 campaign, but will now leave the club once the season has concluded.

Atletico Madrid, which will also be losing center back rock Diego Godin this summer, released a video in which Griezmann thanks the fans and waxes poetic about his time at the club.

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

The France worldwide forward has announced that he will be leaving the club, with multiple reports suggesting a move to Spanish rival Barcelona is in the offing.

The France global has been linked with a mega-money move away from Atletico Madrid for several years.

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In a video lasting more than two minutes, the Frenchman thanked the fans for the affection shown towards him during his five years at the club, as well as explaining his decision for leaving.

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 have enjoyed a lot, I have left everything in the field, I have tried to behave well, I have tried to give joy to the people who have come to the Metropolitano and also away from home, and I only have gratitude for all of you". "I believe that is what I need".

But the 28-year-old has now had a change of heart, and will depart the club he joined from Real Sociedad in 2014.

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