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La Liga: Antoine Griezmann to leave Atletico Madrid

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French international has confirmed that he will be leaving side after the end of the current season.

The team's top scorer made the decision public on Tuesday after meeting with and club Gil Marin, reports news agency

"After speaking to Cholo (Simeone) and Miguel Angel, I wanted to speak to the fans that have always supported me," the forward said in a video posted on Atletico's account.

"I've chosen to explore new challenges. It's been a tough decision to make, but it's what I feel I need," winner said, addressing Colchoneros fans.

Griezmann's last match with will be this weekend's season finale.

Sources close to the club told that the 28-year-old Frenchman will formally terminate his contract with on June 30, when the price tag for his release clause will drop to 125 million euros ($140 million).

Atleti boosted the fee to 200 million euros ($224 million) last summer when expressed interest in Griezmann, who ultimately opted to remain with the Colchoneros, a choice he announced in a television documentary, "La Decision."

While the striker has not stated his preferred destination, looks likely to make another

has scored 133 goals in 256 matches for Atletico since joining the club five years ago.

"I want to thank you for all your support throughout these past five years, winning my first trophies as a professional," he said in the message to Atletico supporters. "I will always remember you, I will always keep you in my heart. It's never easy for a to express all these emotions, and I just wanted you to know as soon as possible."

Atleti have won three trophies during Griezmann's tenure, the 2014 Spanish Super Cup, the 2019 and

He was named of the year in 2016.

is the third member of the squad to signal his departure from Atletico Madrid, following veteran defenders Juanfran and

Juanfran, who turned 34 on January 9, declined the one-year contract extension the club offered him, opening the door for a new stage in his career, sources told

The former Spanish international played in a total of 29 matches across all competitions this season.



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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 11:30 IST