Antoine Griezmann tells Atletico Madrid that he will leave the LaLiga club in the summer

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Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has told the LaLiga club that he will not return next season.

The France striker signed a five-year deal with Atletico last season and had a £104million release clause inserted into his contract.

Griezmann rejected a move to Barcelona last summer but after the club announced he informed them he will be moving on on their Twitter account, speculation will again link him with a move to the Nou Camp

Griezmann said in a video posted on the club’s Twitter account: “It has been five incredible years, thank you very much for everything, I carry you in my heart”.

Griezmann said in the video: “After speaking with Cholo (Diego Simeone), then with Miguel Angel (chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin) and the people in the hierarchy of the club I wanted to speak with you, the fans, who have always given me a lot of love.

“To tell you I have taken the decision to leave. To see other things, to have other challenges.

“The truth is it has been difficult to take this route but it is what I feel I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years.”

Griezmann left Real Sociedad for Atletico in July 2014 and has scored 94 goals in 179 LaLiga games and a further 21 in 48 in the Champions League.

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