Antoine Griezmann to leave Atletico Madrid

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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.

Griezmann now has a £108million (€125million) release clause, a fee which was decided after he penned a new five-year deal last summer.

"Thank you very much for everything".

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.

The Catalans' humiliation at Anfield was a key factor in their opinion changing, and signing the Frenchman is something that is seriously being considered at the Camp Nou, despite his public refusal to move last summer, a decision that left many at the club frustrated.

Barca are reportedly willing to pay Griezmann's release clause, which Goal understands will be €130 million (£113m/$146m) on July 1, for him to join ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

"It's been an incredible five years", Griezmann said.

He added: "I have to leave, I want to see new places and face new challenges, it's what I need now".

"I have enjoyed a lot, I have left everything in the field, I have tried to behave well, I have tried to give joy to the people who have come to the Metropolitano and also away from home, and I only have gratitude for all of you".

"In our careers, we have to take decisions that we sometimes regret", Umtiti told French TV programme Telefoot.