In a “letter for supporters”, Antoine Griezmann bids farewell to Real Sociedad, which he is leaving for Atletico Madrid, with whom he officially signed up on Tuesday.
“Thank you for always being there for me …” Antoine Griezmann bids farewell to Real Sociedad. On Monday, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad reached an agreement to transfer the Mâconnais from the 23rd spring, around 30 million euros, the amount of its release clause, according to the Iberian media. The midfielder signed a six-year contract on Tuesday and will be presented in the afternoon to the public at the Vicente-Calderon stadium. Before trying to help the Madrid club maintain its title of champion of Spain, the French international with nine caps and three goals addressed a “Letter to supporters” Basque.
“When I got there, I was still a little kid and you opened the doors of your house to me. You were the first and only to trust me, he said first, in French. My beginnings were not easy, but over the years, with hard work and sacrifices, I joined the first team. Thanks to your unconditional support, I managed to play in La Liga. “
“I needed a new challenge, new difficulties to face”
And not just a little! The attacking midfielder will have played 202 matches and scored 53 times under the colors of San Sebastian, where he arrived at the age of thirteen. “Today, thank you for everything: for making me grow, for having taught me all these things and for having fulfilled my dream, that of living from my passion that is football. […] Thank you, supporters, for your continued support every day. ”, he continues.
And the hope of French football to explain its choice of career, its new ambitions: “After fulfilling all my dreams with this club, playing in the first division and playing in the Champions League, I needed a new challenge, new difficulties to face. Atletico Madrid offered me this opportunity. This is an opportunity that I wanted to seize, I could not say ” no ” Yes, I will no longer wear the txuri urdin jersey, I will no longer live in San Sebastian, but I will never forget all that I lived there “. Period.
For his part, Atletico’s sporting director José Luis Caminero welcomed the latter’s arrival: “Antoine was a priority for us. He’s an important La Liga player who has marked the history of Real Sociedad. He can play on wings as well as playmaker, thanks to his speed, technique and sense of goal. His arrival is excellent news for the club. “