CONFIRMED: Antoine Griezmann to leave Atletico Madrid next year.

Antoine Griezmann will be allowed to leave Atlético Madrid if the right opportunity comes along for The French forward, according to the head coach Diego Simeone.

Simeone said he would not stand in the way of any of his players if they want to leave to develop their careers, and that could open the door for the 26-year-old – who has reportedly been on the radars of Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in recent seasons – to leave in January or next summer.

Simeone told L’Equipe. “I love watching my players grow, and if one of them tells me that they have the unique opportunity of playing for a certain team after they did everything they could for me like Griezmann has done, I’ll say it’s not a problem. I know that he needs to grow.”

A world-record move to United was heavily mooted last summer but Griezmann said it would be a “dirty move” to leave Atlético then, shortly after a transfer ban was upheld against the La Liga club.

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