Antonie Griezmann has explained to Atletico Madrid fans why the time has come to leave the club this summer. Atletico Madrid confirmed on Tuesday that Griezmann will leave at the end of the season and the France international posted a video shortly after. “After speaking with Cholo (club coach Diego Simeone), then with Miguel Angel and the people in the hierarchy of the club I wanted to speak with you, the fans, who have always given me a lot of love,” said Griezmann, wearing a plain black t-shirt in front of a simple white background behind him.
“[I want] to tell you that I have taken the decision to leave. To see other things, to have other challenges. The truth is it has been difficult to take this path but it is what I feel I need. I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years.
Griezmann has scored 133 goals in 252 game appearances at Atletico, the attacker has been ever-present and has rarely been unfit or injured. He was a Champions League runner up in 2016, losing to arch-rivals Real Madrid. In 2018 however Atletico beat Marseille in the Europa League final.