Atletico Madrid CEO confirms Griezmann Barca move

Antoine Griezmann confirmed plans to leave Atletico Madrid in May and the club's CEO says he has known his next destination since March.


The rumours can finally be put to rest. Antoine Griezmann is moving to Barcelona.   -  Reuters

Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin claims he has known since March that Antoine Griezmann will play for Barcelona next season.

Griezmann revealed his desire to leave Atletico for a new challenge just before the end of the 2018-19 campaign, despite signing a new contract last June.

When Griezmann agreed to his new deal, he announced his decision in a documentary-style video, putting an end to prolonged speculation linking him with Barcelona.

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He was not at his sparkling best for Atletico this season, however, scoring 15 times in 37 league matches, a significant decline from the haul of 19 in 32 games the previous term.

Links to Barca have gone quiet in recent weeks, with Atletico insisting they have had no contact from anyone at the league champions, though Gil Marin is certain a move to Camp Nou will materialise for the Frenchman.

"I know where Griezmann is going to play: at Barcelona. It is known since March," Gil Marin told Movistar.

Griezmann is contracted to Atletico until 2023 and is reported to have a €120million release clause.

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