French forward Antoine Griezmann has announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of the season after half a decade with the club.
Griezmann put pen to paper on a five-year contract last summer but Saturday’s La Liga encounter against Levante will be his last for the club.
Freekick442 understands that the World cup winner is destined for Barcelona, who are willing to meet his buy out release clause of 120m euros.
“It’s been an incredible five years. Thank you for everything. I wanted to tell the fans who have always given me a lot of love that I have taken the decision to leave, to see other things, to have other challenges,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.
“The truth is it has been difficult to take this route but it is what I feel I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years.”
The 28-year-old Frenchman has netted 133 goals in 256 appearances for Atletico since joining them from Spanish outfit Real Sociedad in 2014 and won the Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup and the Uefa Supercup in the process.
Griezmann, who has been Atletico’s top scorer in each of the last five seasons rejected a move to Barcelona last year.
He will be the third high-profile player to leave the Spanish side this summer after defender Lucas Hernandez agreed to join Bayern Munich while long-serving captain Diego Godin also announced he will be leaving when his contract expires in June.