Antoine Griezmann will no longer be a player of Atlético de Madrid. It will do so after paying the termination clause, which as of June 30 goes from 200 million euros to 125. The agreement of that reduction in the amount that allows it to be released was reached in June 2018 when it signed a renewal until 2023 at a rate of 20 million euros net per season. In a meeting with Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, CEO of the club, the coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, and the sports director, the Italian Andrea Berta, the 28-year-old French player, expressed his intention to leave the club rojiblanco alleging the need to face new challenges. Griezmann did not tell which team he was going to, but as this newspaper said, he has a closed agreement with Barcelona for a few weeks.
After informing the club representatives, Griezman released a video that picked up the official website of the entity. This time, the Show it was not like last season, when he recorded the documentary The decision that ended the soap opera. On this occasion, with a clear and austere background, with unkempt beard and hairstyle, Griezmann starred in a brief message of just two minutes: "After talking with Cholo, Miguel Angel and the people in the offices I wanted to talk to the fans They have given me a lot of affection. I have made the decision to leave, see other things, have other challenges and with great difficulty I have taken that path. It's what I feel and need, it's been five big years where I've won my first important trophies with a club, it's been a very important stage. I've got you in my heart and that's why I wanted you to know after coach and club. " Griezmann continued: "I have enjoyed a lot, I have left everything in the field, I have tried to be a good boy with the fan, I have tried to give joy to the people who have come to the Metropolitan Wanda and also away from home and I only have gratitude for all of you "
The departure of Griezmann is the farewell of the player on which Atletico has focused in the last five years their aspirations to win titles, especially the Champions League. With the Metropolitan as the stage of the final, this was the main objective of this course. Once it was not fulfilled after the elimination of Atletico in the last 16 against Juventus, the rumors about their progress skyrocketed. The advantage of the reduction of its release clause; the possibility of changing his decision to reject Barcelona; the exit after a strong and buried confrontation between the club and Godín, his compadre and godfather of his daughter; and their growing discontent with the team's game have acted as fuses to force their march. "We hit a lot of balls," he came to exclaim more than once after the crash in Turin, where Atlético had no offensive response capacity.
After the defeat in the Camp Nou that definitely took the red and white out of the fight for the League, the process started in January, when their representatives began to offer to the big clubs of the Premier and Bayern, accelerated.
Only a few days ago, the club seemed to suspect that the information that arose about the future of the football player seemed likely to become a reality. During the last month, Simeone was in charge of deactivating any news that made reference to a possible goodbye of the player that he has pampered and developed during five years. "There is no reason to invite us to think that he will leave," he repeated. The last time, the last weekend, in the preview and in the press conference after the meeting with Sevilla.
The baggage of Griezmann in the Athletic one is of 256 parties, 129 goals and three titles: European League and Supercopa of Europe (2018) and Supercopa of Spain (2014). And also of long summers in which the jokes with his march brought him succulent salary increases. With the current one, Atlético could no longer increase him. The club just wanted to tell you as soon as possible their decision to plan the next course.
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