Antoine Griezmann transfer: France star confirms he is leaving Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Gomez- cropped

Last summer, speculation was rife the forward would leave the Vincente Calderon for Spanish giants Barcelona.

A native of Macon, France, the 28-year-old World Cup victor joined Atleti in 2014 from Real Sociedad.

Atletico forward Griezmann has always been targeted by the Nou Camp outfit but the Frenchman rejected them last summer after releasing a video on his decision to stay in Madrid.

"It's been an incredible five years", Griezmann said in the video.

Griezmann's next destination is expected to be Barcelona, who have been linked with a move 28-year-old for the last three years.

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.

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Barcelona will pay the buyout clause in Griezmann's contract of 120m euros, BBC Sport understands. "New meeting on next days".

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.

Since joining Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014, Griezmann has registered 133 goals and 50 assists in 256 games for the club.

He added: "I have to leave, I want to see new places and face new challenges, it's what I need now".

"In our careers, we have to take decisions that we sometimes regret", Umtiti told French TV programme Telefoot.

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