Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid BLOCK star over major decision after transfer request | Football | Sport


That’s the explosive claim of Spanish radio show Cadena Ser.

Griezmann told Atletico he wanted a move away from the club on Tuesday, paving the way for a potential £108million move to Barcelona.

The announcement stunned fans, as last year he produced a half-hour documentary announcing that he was going to stay.

Just days later, he signed a new five-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano to snub a high-profile move to Barca.

The documentary caused controversy as – according to reports – Griezmann filmed two endings, one where he announced he would leave and another announcing he would stay.

And according to Cadena Ser, he was planning another video announcement now, but this time he would definitively reveal that he wants to leave.

The report claims that Atletico chiefs found out about the Frenchman’s plans and blocked him from continuing, instead telling him to announce his intent to leave with a message to fans on Twitter.

In the message, he insisted that it was a tough decision to make.

“It’s been an incredible five years. Thank you for everything,” he said.

“I wanted to tell the fans who have always given me a lot of love that 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.”

Barcelona are believed to be the frontrunners for Griezmann, but they could face stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain.

According to reports from L’Equipe, the Parisians attempted to tempt the forward back to France in a meeting last week.

The World Cup winner apparently met with PSG representatives last week to discuss the possibility of a move to Ligue 1.

If he did return to his homeland, it could mean that the French champions have to allow either Neymar or Edinson Cavani to leave the club.

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