Godin has earned his place among Atletico Madrid greats, says Simeone

Godin has earned his place among Atletico Madrid greats, says Simeone

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.

Griezmann's announcement represents a massive U-turn, having declared Atletico was "My home" in the midst of Barcelona's pursuance of him past year.

Antoine Greizmann has announced that he has told Atlético Madrid of his intention to leave the club, opening the door for a €125m (£108m) move to Barcelona this summer.

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

The France striker signed a five-year deal with Atletico last season and had a €104 million release clause inserted into his contract.

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.

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Griezmann issued a statement on his imminent departure in a length video on Atletico's official Twitter account, in which he thanked the club's fans for all the support they've given him down the years.

"It has been five incredible years, thank you very much for everything, I carry you in my heart", he stated.

The Frenchman has scored 133 goals in 256 appearances for Atletico since joining from fellow Spanish outfit Real Sociedad in 2014.

"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".

"I know Antoine is very happy in Madrid and that he is very well there".

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