Wow! Manchester United officially told by Griezmann he is leaving Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann has told the likes of Manchester United that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.
The brilliantly gifted attacker has been linked with both United and Barcelona over the last few seasons, with both clubs looking to add another ‘special’ player to their already impressive squads.
But despite all the speculation and transfer talk, Griezmann has so far not left the current Europa League Champions and has never given any real indication that he sees his future elsewhere, as he is playing top-level football on a regular basis and winning silverware with Madrid.
But is seems he has made up his mind where he will be playing next season, after announcing on his Twitter account that he will indeed be leaving the Spanish giants at the end of the current season.
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.
Griezmann, 28, 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.
“I wanted to tell the fans who have always given me a lot of love that I have taken the decision to leave, to see other things, to have other challenges,” he said on the Marca website.
The news will once again peak the interest of Barcelona, who are keen to revamp the squad and try to sign a few superstar names, especially as they know rivals Real Madrid are seeking to spend some big money in the coming windows.
But if United are serious about getting back to the very top of the game and challenging for the premier League and Champions League titles once again, they will need to beat off Barcelona and try to get this deal done as Griezmann is just the kind of superstar player they need to turn things around.