Barcelona ready to make renewed bid for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann


The 2019 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will be without one of its biggest stars, as Atletico Madrid announced Tuesday that this weekend's match against Levante will be the last for French forward Antoine Griezmann. In a video uploaded by the Rojiblancos, Griezmann made the revelation.

Within a few moments, the player himself then posted a video explaining himself.

"You have always shown me a lot of love and I wanted to be the first to tell you that I've taken the decision to leave to see other things and take on other challenges. The truth is you're in my heart". It's been very hard for me to take this path, but I feel that it's what I need. There has been speculation about his move to the Catalan club during the most recent transfer windows.

Griezmann has netted 133 goals in 255 appearances for the Madrid outft since joining from Real Sociedad.

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For as prolific as Barcelona has been in La Liga in the past decade, winning seven league titles since the start of the 2009/10 season, their larger ambitions of European glory have been disappointing by some standards, not having won the coveted Champions League title since 2014/15 during the reign of manager Pep Guardiola.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who recently said he didn't think Griezmann would leave, is also losing captain Diego Godin for next season.

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.

Atletico are forced to reconstruct their team as they are going to lose many players this summer.

Griezmann had a contract with Atletico until 2023 with a reported buyout clause of 200 million euros ($224 million), but the clause will be automatically reduced to about 120 million euros ($134 million) this summer.