" Decision ". Last season, Antoine Griezmann decided to continue the adventure at Atlético de Madrid with a big revaluation and to say no to FC Barcelona. A year later, the 28-year-old French striker again reflected on his future. It will probably not put him on the scene, given the reception more than mitigated received by his video, but he has already informed his management and coach.
The Cadena Ser had revealed the existence of an upcoming meeting on Tuesday, between international tricolor, Diego Simeone and General Manager Miguel Angel Gil Marin. And the content of the discussion leaked tonight if we believe the latest information from Marca. For the Spanish newspaper, Antoine Griezmann explained to the two men that he had made the decision to leave the club. He also warned his teammates of his choice, the same who heard Diego Godin say goodbye a few days earlier … And the news was made official almost in the wake with a tweet and a video published on the official account of Madrid club.
.@AntoGriezmann ha comunicado al club that no seguirá como rojiblanco the próxima temporada.
– Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) May 14, 2019
€ 96m for Atlético, € 24m for Real Sociedad
There is little doubt that Griezmann's decision is linked to the renewed interest of FC Barcelona. Always according Marca, an agreement has not yet been reached between Barça and the French, but the latter would, as it has been discussed in recent weeks, ready to accept a salary lower than the one reached at Atlético. The Catalan club, he will wait for the month of July to see the clause of the attacker, bound until 2023, to increase from 200 M € to 120 M €. Note that on the € 120 million, Atlético de Madrid will receive only € 96 million, the rest to Real Sociedad, which was entitled to 20% on the resale of its former player.
Atlético de Madrid, who wanted his player to communicate his decision, knows what to do, before the end of the championship and the start of the summer transfer window. The Rojiblancos did not want to relive the scenario of last summer, where they had feverishly waited for the verdict. They are now fixed and will be able to work on the replacement of their major offensive element. Author of 15 goals in Liga (his worst season statistically in the league so far), Griezmann will play his last match with Atlético next Saturday on the lawn Levante. Before probably joining Lionel Messi at Barça.