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'It's irreversible' - Atletico Madrid president wishes Greizmann luck

04:56 GMT+4 24/05/2019
Antoine Griezmann - cropped
The Frenchman must decide if he wants a farewell as he prepares to leave the club

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said it was up to Antoine Griezmann if he wanted the chance to bid farewell to the La Liga club.

Griezmann, 28, confirmed earlier this month he was leaving Atletico after five years with the club, with Barcelona reported to be his next destination.

In what is shaping as an exodus at Atletico, Diego Godin and Juanfran have both bid emotional farewells as several of the club's most recognizable and longest-serving stars are set to depart the team.

However, Cerezo said it was up to Griezmann to decide if he wanted to do likewise after announcing his intention to leave the club.

"Griezmann, I do not know if he wants to say goodbye or not, the truth is that I do not know," he said on Thursday.

"The farewell depends on Griezmann, who is the one who leaves. If he wants to say goodbye, he will say goodbye."

Griezmann won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana during his time at Atletico.

Since joining from Real Sociedad in 2014, the Frenchman scored 133 goals in 257 appearances while twice finishing in third place in Ballon d'Or voting.

Cerezo feels there is no chance the France international stays at the Wanda Metropolitano after his announcement earlier this month.

"It is irreversible. The only thing I tell him is that he has a lot of luck where he goes," he said.

"And, that at least they treat him as we have treated him here."

Atletico finished second in La Liga this season, behind Barcelona but ahead of rivals Real Madrid.