Antoine Griezmann confirms he is leaving Atletico Madrid amid Barcelona interest

Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Gomez- cropped

The France global forward announced his intentions to leave the club at season's end in a video tweeted out by the club.

The France worldwide has been linked with a mega-money move away from Atletico Madrid for several years.

Griezmann is a World Cup victor, helping France win it all in Russian Federation last summer with a Bronze Ball performance, and he also helped lead Les Bleus to the Euro 2016 final, where they fell to Portugal on home soil.

ESPN's Moises Llorens reported in March that the 28-year-old turned down the chance to join Barcelona last summer but had grown increasingly frustrated at Atletico this season.

Griezmann had previously been attached with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United.

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".

His departure from Atletico opens a massive vacancy up front for Diego Simeone, whose side is in for some major decisions in the coming months.

"I wanted to tell you I have taken the decision to leave", said the French 2018 World Cup victor. It's been a very important stage. "I gave everything I could on the pitch, and tried to give all the fans some happiness at Wanda Metropolitano or the unbelievable support away from home".

Diego Godin, who has made 380 appearances for the club one nine years, will also be leaving when his contract expires this summer - with Inter Milan reportedly linked with he Uruguayan.

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