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Atletico Madrid president ‘disappointed’ by Griezmann’s exit

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President Enrique Cerezo admits he’s been left “disappointed” by Antoine Griezmann’s decision to leave Atletico Madrid.

Despite only signing a contract extension until June 2023 last summer, Griezmann announced he will be ending his five-year stay at Atletico at the end of the season on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old forward is expected to join Barcelona and he’s already been touted as a potential replacement for the struggling Philippe Coutinho.

And now Cerezo has confessed his frustration over Griezmann’s decision to leave Atletico. The Spaniard had anticipated a fantastic future for both the player and club at the Wanda Metropolitano.

“More than annoyed, I am disappointed. I thought that Antoine had a great future at Atletico, with big titles and big league wins,” he told Fox Sports.

“The problem is that everyone thinks in their own way. We respect his decision, I and Atletico fans. We wish him all the luck in the world. One goes and others will come.

Despite the strong likelihood that Griezmann will be heading over to Barcelona, Cerezo claims to have no knowledge on the Frenchman’s plans.

“I don’t know where he will play, ask him,” he said. “He can play where he likes.”

Cerezo added: “This is a surprise, it’s a disappointment. If I was his advisor I would have told him to stay here. It’s a free life and everyone can do what they think is right.”

Griezmann has managed 133 goals and 50 assists in 256 appearances for Atletico across all competitions since arriving from Real Sociedad in 2014.

In his five seasons in the Spanish capital, Griezmann has won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de España.

Now the France international will be looking to end his final La Liga game for Atletico in style this Saturday at Levante.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 04: Antoine Griezmann of Club Atletico de Madrid applauds the crowd after the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Club Atletico de Madrid at RCDE Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)