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Antoine Griezmann quits Atletico Madrid

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World Cup winning French striker Antoine Griezmann has told Atletico Madrid he will leave them in summer, the Spanish club said on Twitter on Tuesday.


The 28-year-old Griezmann has a contract until 2023 with Atletico, but has a buy out clause of 120million euros ($134million).
He is reportedly the target of La Liga rivals Barcelona.


“Antoine Griezmann has told the club he will not continue as a Rojiblanco (red and white, the club’s colours) next season,” the club said on Twitter.


Within a few moments the player himself then posted a video explaining himself.
He said: “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.”


While in Atletico, he scored 133 goals in 256 appearances, since joining from fellow Spanish outfit Real Sociedad in 2014.
He won the Europa League, the Spanish Super Cup and the Uefa Supercup during his time at Atletico and has been the team’s top scorer in each of the last five seasons.

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Monaco Scrape to Ligue 1 Survival

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Monaco have secured Ligue 1 survival despite failing to get the point they needed to guarantee safety on the final day, instead ending a dreadful season with a 2-0 defeat in Nice.

Leonardo Jardim’s men knew only an improbable set of results – defeat at Nice, victory for Caen and an eight-goal swing – could send them into a relegation play-off after last week’s vital home win over fellow strugglers Amiens.

Jardim had urged his side to keep their fate in their own hands, and Cesc Fàbregas hit the crossbar after 12 minutes – but Benoît Badiashile’s own goal left them relying on Bordeaux to put in a performance against Caen.

Mickaël Le Bihan doubled Nice’s lead after 67 minutes from the penalty spot, but Younousse Sankharé’s opener for Bordeaux proved enough to save last season’s runners-up and relegate Caen outright, along with Guingamp.

Dijon climbed above the Normandy side into 18th place after coming from behind to beat Toulouse, and will now face Ligue 2 side Lens in a two-legged promotion play-off.

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Asante Kotoko to play Hearts of Oak in the semis of the #NC Special competition at Accra Sports Stadium.

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Accra hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko have booked their places in the semi finals of the GFA Special competition, and ready for a match fit for the gods.

Asante Kotoko placed second in group A tier 1 after AshantiGold SC defeated Techiman Eleven Wonders 3-0 in the rescheduled fixture after it was rained off in Nkoranza.

Hearts of Oak will host the porcupine Warriors in Accra in a blockbuster game on a yet to be announced date.

Hearts of Oak tops group B with 28 points going into the final round of matches to be played over the weekend to determine with other team joins them for the semi Finals.

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Andre Ayew confirmed as Ghana’s new captain, Kwadwo Asamoah deputy

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Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah has confirmed André Ayew will skipper the Black Stars at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with Kwadwo Asamoah has his deputy.

The country’s all-time leading scorer Asamoah Gyan who was striped of the armband has been re-assisgned as General Captain.

A statement on the Ghana FA website read: ”This follows a meeting with the top brass of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalization Committee (NC) after which approval and full backing was granted to the plans of the coach.

”Ayew replaces Asamoah Gyan, as captain of the Black Stars.

”Gyan, who has captained the Black Stars for a record seven years has been elevated to the position of “General Captain”.

”Subsequently, Kwadwo Asamoah has been named the deputy captain.

”President of the GFA-NC Dr Kofi Amoah has called on all stakeholders and citizens to support the transition whilst the Black Stars prepare their assault and conquest of Africa at AFCON 2019.”

Ghana will play Benin, Guinea Bissau and Cameroon at the tournament in Egypt.

The Black Stars are scheduled to start camping on 1 June, 2019 in Dubai where the provisional 29-man squad would be trimmed to 23 for the showpiece.

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