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Atletico Madrid sign veteran Porto defender in €20 million deal

30-year-old Felipe will swap the Portuguese giants for Atleti.

Felipe has left Porto for Atletico Madrid.
Felipe has left Porto for Atletico Madrid.

PORTO HAVE CONFIRMED the sale of Brazil international defender Felipe to LaLiga side Atletico Madrid.

Veteran centre-back Felipe, 30, will join Atletico from the Portuguese giants in a €20 million deal, it was announced on Monday.

Felipe — who arrived from Corinthians in 2016 and made 93 Primeira Liga appearances in three years — is set to replace outgoing captain Diego Godin.

A league winner with Porto in 2017-18, Felipe confirmed his exit from Estadio do Dragao earlier on Monday.

“It was three years of living intensely blue and white with a new family that I built, and that will be remembered for the rest of my life!,” Felipe wrote via his official Instagram account.

“I just have to thank all the staff of the club, the board, the president, the coaches and team-mates with whom I lived in this period.

“I have a great affection for all the fans who are here and those who wait for hours at the door of the training ground or stadium. My thanks for the recognition and for everything you do for me!

“Porto made me feel at home and live great emotions, with achievements, goals, the Champions League, a lot of overcoming and delivering on the field.

“It became the club that I represented the most in my professional career and I was able to return to be called to the Brazilian national team and debut representing my country. There are no words to describe how much I have learned and evolved as a person.

“I wish the best of luck in the future for those who stay. I’ll be in the crowd and I’ll be forever grateful! Thank you!”

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