VIDEO SHOWS: VIDEO MESSAGE FROM ANTOINE GRIEZMANN ANNOUNCING HIS DEPARTURE FROM ATLETICO MADRID SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 14, 2019) (ATLETICO MADRID - MUST COURTESY ATLETICO MADRID) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ANTOINE GRIEZMANN SAYING: "Hello everyone.
After talking to El Cholo (Diego Simeone) and Miguel Angel and the people at the office, I wanted to talk to you Atleticos right away.
You, the fans, have always given me so much love, and I wanted to tell you that I've made the decision to leave, to experience different things and have new challenges.
"It's been very hard for me to take this path, but I feel that it's what I need.
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.
They were incredible moments that I will always remember.
The truth is you're in my heart.
"It isn't easy for a player to receive so much love, and that's why I wanted to tell you today so that you're the first to know after the coach and the club.
"Thank you very much for everything, you're in my heart, thank you so much.
"These five years have been really incredible.
I've enjoyed everything so much, I've given my all on the pitch, I've tried to behave well when you asked me for photos.
I've tried to make the fans at the Wanda Metripolitano happy as well as the many fans who come to our away games.
I'm really grateful to all of you, than ks you so much and goodbye." STORY: France striker Antoine Griezmann will leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season, the player said in a video released on the club's official Twitter account on Tuesday (May 14).
The 28-year-old did not reveal where he would be playing next but widespread reports in the Spanish media said he would be joining Barcelona, who he famously rejected last year before penning a new contract with Atletico until 2023.
World Cup winner Griezmann, who signed a new five-year contract last June, said he had told Atletico coach Diego Simeone and chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin of his decision and addressed the supporters in the video message.
"After speaking to Simeone and Miguel Angel and people at the office, I wanted to talk to you Atleticos right away.
You, the fans, have always given me so much love, and I wanted to tell you that I've made the decision to leave, to experience different things and have new challenges," he said.
Griezmann rejected an offer from Barca last June, documenting his internal struggles about whether to make the move in a landmark documentary called 'The Decision', produced by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's Kosmos production company.
The last contract he signed initially raised his release clause to 200 million euros ($224.06 million) but several media reports say that figure will drop to 120 million on July 1.
Griezmann, who joined Atletico from Real Sociedad for a reported 30 million euros in 2014, has been the team's top scorer in each of the five seasons he has been at the club.
He was Atletico's inspirational figure when they won the 2018 Europa League, scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Olympique Marseilles in the final, before helping them win the UEFA Super Cup.
Griezmann also lifted the Spanish Super Cup in 2014.
He played in the 2016 Champions League final, which Atletico lost on penalties to Real Madrid, and was named as the third best player in the world at that year's FIFA Ballon d'Or awards.
Griezmann is the latest high profile player to announce that he is leaving Atletico at the end of the season.
France defender Lucas Hernandez agreed to join Bayern Munich when they paid his 80-million euro release clause and long-serving captain Diego Godin's contract is coming to an end.
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