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It’s been an incredible five years: Griezmann

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 24: Angel Correa of Atletico Madrid celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Valencia CF at Wanda Metropolitano on April 24, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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The Frenchman has announced he will leave Atletico Madrid in the summer, after spending half a decade with the Spanish La Liga club.

French forward Antoine Griezmann joined Atletico Madrid in 2014 after spending five years with Real Sociedad in the Spanish La Liga tournament.

The 28-year-old played in the youth system’s of Macon, Maconnais, and Real Sociedad, before becoming a professional footballer.

And now, after five years with Atletico Madrid, he’s saying goodbye to Los Colchoneros.

“It’s been an incredible five years; Thank you very much for everything, I take you in my heart,” he told fans according to Metro.

“After speaking with Cholo (Diego Simeone), then with Miguel Angel [Atletico’s president] 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.”

He added: “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 won the Segunda Division title with Real Sociedad, but it was with Atletico Madrid where he found more success: He won the UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Supercopa de España. He also won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with France.