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Antoine Griezmann confirms he is leaving Atletico Madrid amid Barcelona interest

15 May 2019, 03:23 | Henrietta Morgan

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"The club and I wanted Diego to stay", Simeone said ahead of a home meeting with Sevilla.

Atletico announced Griezmann's departure on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

Griezmann now has a £108million (€125million) release clause, a fee which was decided after he penned a new five-year deal last summer.

"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".

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Reports this week suggested Barcelona had triggered the Frenchman's £108million release clause after he informed the club about his desire to join the Catalans.

And according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Barca are already in negotiations with the World Cup victor over a summer move to the Nou Camp.

Griezmann said in a video posted on the club's Twitter account: "It has been five incredible years, thank you very much for everything, I carry you in my heart".

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.

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"I always valued his presence in this club, but as I said the management and the players have different things to achieve and Diego already expressed his feelings".

Griezmann left Real Sociedad for Atletico in July 2014 and has scored 94 goals in 179 LaLiga games and a further 21 in 48 in the Champions League.

"I would be glad if Griezmann came to Barcelona, he has a place here".

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