New recruit Felipe is not concerned about filling Diego Godin's boots at Atletico Madrid.

Godin has signed a three-year deal with Inter, ending a nine-year stay in the Spanish capital that yielded a LaLiga title and two Champions League final appearances, though Atleti lost on both occasions to neigbours Real Madrid.

After joining from Porto for €20million and agreeing a three-year contract, Felipe is widely expected to be Atletico's replacement for captain Godin.

But the 30-year-old defender is not feeling the pressure of following in the footsteps of one of the club's modern greats.

"Godin is Godin, he's a great player and he's made a great story," Felipe said of the two-time Europa League winner. 

"I'm here to make my story. I want to play a great role, I know the club is huge.

"I really wanted to come in. I have very high expectations of having a good season."

Atletico face a substantial rebuild with Lucas Hernandez joining Bayern Munich and veteran right-back Juanfran leaving, while striker Antoine Griezmann has announced his intention to depart and left-back Filipe Luis also expected to be on his way out.

Spain midfielder Rodri is close to completing his move to Manchester City, with the Premier League champions paying his release clause, though Marcos Llorente has arrived from Real Madrid.

It is July 1, meaning players who had run down their contracts at former clubs are now officially free to move.

Some, such as Aaron Ramsey, Diego Godin and Adrien Rabiot have already signed with new clubs, while the likes of Ander Herrera seem to have transfers all but finalised.

However, there are plenty of players yet to have secured their next destination.

 

Aaron Ramsey

Wales international Ramsey called time on his 11-year stay in February, signing a pre-contract agreement with Serie A champions Juventus.

While Massimiliano Allegri was in charge when Ramsey agreed to join, it is Maurizio Sarri who will have the midfielder at his disposal for the upcoming season and, after an injury-hit end to 2018-19, the 28-year-old will be eager to quickly cement his place in the Bianconeri's starting XI.

Diego Godin

A mainstay in Atletico Madrid's defence since 2010, Godin announced his departure from the Wanda Metropolitano in May.

Inter were always favourites to sign the 33-year-old and that deal was officially announced on Monday, with the Uruguay international penning a three-year contract at San Siro.

Adrien Rabiot

France midfielder Rabiot did not play for Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 due to a dispute over his contract situation.

The 24-year-old has now officially left the Ligue 1 champions for their Serie A counterparts Juventus, who announced an agreement on Monday.

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery

After defining an era at Bayern Munich, Robben and Ribery have officially left the Allianz Arena.

Ribery has been linked with a move to the A-League, while PSV are one of the clubs to have declared an interest in Robben. However, neither of the veteran wingers have found a new home yet.

Ander Herrera

Manchester United tried in vain to keep hold of former Athletic Bilbao midfielder Herrera, who made 132 Premier League appearances after joining the club in 2014.

A move to Paris Saint-Germain is expected to go through in the first week of July.

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge was a key figure in Liverpool's title challenge in 2013-14 but injuries have gradually taken their toll on the forward, who managed four goals from 27 appearances in all competitions last season.

Divock Origi usurped Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp's first-choice back-up striker and the 29-year-old is now on the lookout for a new club, with Rangers – managed by Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard – reportedly leading the chase for his signature.

Mario Balotelli

Former Manchester City, Liverpool and AC Milan striker Balotelli signed a six-month deal with Marseille in January and went on to score eight Ligue 1 goals.

The 28-year-old has not extended his stay at Stade Velodrome, though, and a return to Serie A is an option, with Parma having confirmed their interest.

Diego Godin was convinced to sign a contract with Inter by their "ambitious sporting project".

The Nerazzurri have not won a trophy since 2011 as Juventus have enjoyed an incredible period of dominance in Italy.

But Godin is convinced the good times will return to Inter, having signed a three-year deal after his contract with Atletico Madrid expired.

The 33-year-old Uruguay international spent nine years at Atletico, helping them to LaLiga glory in 2013-14 and a pair of Europa League titles.

"I chose Inter because it's such a massive club, a great team with wonderful history and ambitions and desire to achieve big things," Godin told the club's official website.

"I'll try to do my bit and give everything I can both on and off the pitch.

"I want to help my team-mates and help the club to achieve big things. I chose Inter because they have an ambitious sporting project.

"They want to win titles again and they're a massive club in Europe and around the world. I've joined Inter to win, to give everything, to put my body and soul into fighting for this club both on and off the pitch."

Godin also said Inter's Uruguay midfielder Matias Vecino played a role in him joining.

"He told me great things about the city and the team and especially about the club's ambitions and objectives," Godin added.

"I can't wait to get started and it's great to have a friend in the dressing room. It's the start of a new challenge and a new experience for me.

"I have huge desire to continue competing at the highest level and to continue giving everything I have both on and off the pitch to help this massive club achieve big things."

Inter confirmed the signing of former Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin on a three-year deal.

Godin, 33, announced in May he would be leaving Atletico after nine seasons with the LaLiga giants.

The Uruguay international's expected move to San Siro was confirmed by Inter on Monday.

"FC Internazionale Milano announces that a contract has been agreed with Diego Godin that will run until 30 June 2022," a statement from Inter read.

Godin became an Atletico great after joining the club from Villarreal in 2010.

He won LaLiga, a Copa del Rey and two Europa Leagues with Atletico, while reaching two Champions League finals.

Godin joins an Inter side looking to rebuild under Antonio Conte, having finished fourth in Serie A last season but 21 points behind champions Juventus.

Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez felt Luis Suarez did not look like a man who had just missed a month with a knee injury as the forward made a goalscoring return on Friday.

Suarez had not played since Barcelona's torrid 4-0 defeat at Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final second leg in early May, undergoing surgery on a troublesome knee problem.

But he came off the bench shortly after the hour in Montevideo, netting a fine free-kick to help his country to a 3-0 friendly win over Panama.

With their Copa America opener against Ecuador just over a week away, Tabarez was thrilled to see his talisman make such a smooth transition back into competitive action.

"For us he is a crucial player, he has been sending us videos from his recovery and they have been amazing," Tabarez said.

"Today he looked as if he had played seven, eight games before this one.

"This is what he is, he has a great commitment with football for this nation, and a lot of desire to repeat triumphs from the past. So, based on what I saw today, I can assure he will contribute to the team.

"Can he endure 90 minutes on the pitch? I will know it when we play against Ecuador."

Uruguay skipper Diego Godin added: "Yes, Luis is OK, his recovery has been perfect. Obviously those were the first minutes, he will be getting better this week because he just started to train with other players last week, so he will start the Copa in top condition and that is good news for us."

Felipe has confirmed his impending exit from Porto ahead of an expected move to Atletico Madrid.

The 30-year-old centre-back joined Porto from Corinthians in 2016 and swiftly established himself as a key player, featuring 93 times in the Primeira Liga in his three years.

A Brazil international, Felipe has been linked with a move away from the club for the last few months.

He is widely expected to be joining Atletico as Diego Godin's replacement, with the Uruguayan's exit already confirmed.

Although Felipe did not reveal his next destination, he did send a parting message to Porto fans.

Writing on his official Instagram account, he said: "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!

"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!"

Alvaro Morata says Atletico Madrid must respect Antoine Griezmann's wishes to leave the club, adding that Diego Simeone's exit would be a greater cause for concern.

Griezmann caused a stir this month when he confirmed he wants to quit the Wanda Metropolitano, his announcement coming less than a year after signing a new long-term contract following a much-publicised decision to ignore interest from Barcelona.

The Catalans have again been linked with a move for the France international, as have Manchester United, and Morata thinks a player who has contributed to Atletico as Griezmann has deserves support.

"If you're inside the dressing room, you know it's a possibility [he will leave]," he told Marca.

"The only thing to do is to respect him. He's been one of the best in the club's history; he's given so much to Atletico. We have to support him.

"He's treated me very well. We wish him well, as long as he doesn't play against Atletico, of course."

However, Morata thinks it would be a far bigger loss if Atlet's head coach opts to leave the club.

Simeone has propelled the club into the highest bracket of European teams since taking over in 2011, winning LaLiga, the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de Espana, two UEFA Super Cups and two Europa Leagues, while also twice reaching the Champions League final.

"It would be very difficult to understand Atletico without Simeone," said Morata. "There have been a lot of players, but Atletico always fight since Cholo came.

"He'd be a great loss. Simeone is Atletico. You can't imagine them without him."

Morata is also disappointed to see defensive stalwarts Diego Godin and Juanfran leaving, saying he will not forget their support after the 3-0 loss to Juventus in Turin this season to crash out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage.

"Atletico are losing two legends on the pitch, two leaders," said the striker, who is on loan from Chelsea. "They've helped me a lot. I wish I could have played with them more.

"I've experienced difficult times, like in Turin, and that's where the character of great people, of champions comes through."

Atleti finished 11 points behind champions Barca in this season's LaLiga title race, although they were eight points clear of Real Madrid in third.

Morata admits Barca, inspired by Lionel Messi, were simply too strong this term - but he does not think Spain's top flight has become one-sided.

"We hope we'll become a competitive team," he said. "We've not had luck and we know you need that for the Champions League or to win LaLiga. It's small details. It's not like Italy or France, where it's won by a lot of points.

"It's true Barcelona have been very good, with a player who has been at a level that is not normal among humans."

Diego Simeone eased any fan fears he might leave Atletico Madrid as part of their expected exodus.

Atletico look set for arguably their most important transfer window since Simeone returned to the club as coach in 2011, with numerous key players departing.

Juanfran, Diego Godin and Filipe Luis are expected to leave on free transfers, Lucas Hernandez will join Bayern Munich, while Vitolo, Santiago Arias, Thomas Partey, Rodri and Saul Niguez have been strongly linked with moves.

To make matters worse, star forward Antoine Griezmann also announced his intention to leave the club despite only signing a new contract last year.

With several major European clubs set to change coaches, Simeone had been suggested as a potential target for some, though he insists he is not about to jump ship.

Speaking after Tuesday's 2-1 friendly defeat to Beitar Jerusalem, Simeone said: "I like my job, I feel very identified and committed to the club.

"I know that year on year it's always more difficult and that makes us see our real selves and generate enthusiasm.

"Next season there will be football players who will arrive with great enthusiasm and hopefully adapt to the responsibility that means being at Atletico Madrid."

Diego Simeone was "proud" of Atletico Madrid's departing players as he all but confirmed the end-of-season exits of full-backs Filipe Luis and Juanfran.

Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann had already confirmed on Tuesday that he intends to leave the Wanda Metropolitano ahead of next season amid rumoured interest from LaLiga rivals Barcelona.

Diego Godin is also on his way out, with Inter expected to be his next destination, while Filipe Luis and Juanfran do not appear likely to sign new contracts.

All four men played a full part in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Levante, giving Atletico's travelling supporters a chance to say what will likely be a final farewell, and they will each leave with Simeone's blessing.

"I am proud of the players who are leaving the club, as they have given us so much," he said at his post-match news conference. 

"The biggest thing that Filipe, Juanfran, Griezmann and Godin leave us is not trophies, but respect. In a sporting sense I love them so much."

Atletico found themselves 2-0 down at the Ciutat de Valencia and had Angel Correa dismissed early in the second half, but Rodrigo and debutant Sergio Camello struck to snatch the 10-man visitors a point.

Simeone praised the battling spirit shown by his players to avoid defeat in their final match of the season and insisted there is plenty of reason to be cheerful, despite the loss of some star names.

"In the first half, Levante perhaps were a bit more focused and took advantage of their set pieces and breaks," he said. "In the second half, despite Correa’s red card, the team answered as warriors, gladiators, people with pride. 

"There are young and motivated players coming through and that excites us greatly."

Camello became the first player born in the 21st century to score for Atletico in LaLiga, doing so from his first shot on target in the competition.

The 18-year-old forward, who replaced the ineffective Thomas Partey at half-time, is hopeful it is the first of many goals for the club.

"I tried to help the team and today I did just that," he told reporters after the match. "I’m deeply moved. I can score goals and I proved that today. I would like to become a legend at this club, like any kid, especially an Atleti fan. I’m very happy."

Sergio Camello scored a debut goal as Atletico Madrid battled back from 2-0 down with 10 men to end their LaLiga campaign with a 2-2 draw against Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Saturday's match marked the final time Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin and Juanfran are likely to put on the Atletico shirt, but they could do little to prevent their side from falling behind in the first half.

Erick Cabaco gave Levante an early lead and Roger Marti seized on an error at the back from Thomas Partey to double his side's tally.

But the visitors pulled off the comeback, despite having Angel Correa sent off early in the second half, as Rodrigo and substitute Camello found a way through.

Atletico were behind with just six minutes played as Ruben Vezo headed the ball into the six-yard box and Cabaco converted past Antonio Adan, in for the injured Jan Oblak, with an improvised finish.

Koke produced a couple of good stops to thwart Filipe Luis and Griezmann in the space of three minutes, while Godin's downward header bounced off the ground and skimmed the post as the visitors responded strongly.

But a stray pass from Thomas 36 minutes in gifted Levante a second goal, with Roger the player to profit as he charged through and lifted the ball over Adan.

Diego Simeone's day went from bad to worse when Angel Correa was dismissed for kicking out at Chema Rodriguez following a challenge - VAR being used to overrule the referee's initial call to show just a yellow for the incident.

Atletico were given a lifeline 22 minutes from time thanks to Rodrigo's arrowed shot into the top corner of the net, and 18-year-old Camello marked his first appearance in the top flight by slotting home after Koke saw a shot blocked.

Antoine Griezmann is in the starting line-up for his Atletico Madrid farewell as Diego Simeone's side conclude their LaLiga campaign away to Levante.

France star Griezmann has announced this season will be his last with the Rojiblancos amid widespread reports of an impending switch to Barcelona.

The 28-year-old only agreed a new five-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano last June but, on Saturday, he is due step out for the final time as an Atleti player.

Long-serving defender Diego Godin, who is also on his way out of the club, wears the armband ahead of a mooted move to Serie A side Inter.

Jan Oblak misses out due to a thigh injury, meaning Antonio Adan deputises in goal, while Thomas Lemar gets another opportunity to improve on a largely underwhelming first season in Spain.

Atleti are already confirmed as finishing second behind champions Barca.

Levante, meanwhile, boast a six-point buffer to the bottom three and cannot be relegated regardless of the result at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Rewind to June 2018 and Atletico Madrid's future looked secure. Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez had just signed new contracts.

The landscape has drastically changed since then. Star full-back Lucas will join German giants Bayern Munich, while talisman Griezmann – reportedly a target for Barcelona – has announced his intention to leave the Wanda Metropolitano.

News of Griezmann's imminent departure comes after captain Diego Godin revealed he will call time on his Atletico career amid links to Serie A side Inter.

With Griezmann, Godin and Lucas leaving, and doubts over Rodri, Saul Niguez, Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Juanfran in Madrid, are Diego Simeone's Atletico – who are set to finish second in LaLiga after a run to the Champions League last 16 and UEFA Super Cup success against rivals Real Madrid – set for a mass exodus?

Rodri

The 22-year-old Spaniard has reportedly emerged as a prime target for Premier League champions Manchester City. A product of Atletico's youth system before leaving for Villarreal and returning in 2018, Rodri has established himself in Simeone's XI. With Pep Guardiola desperate to find competition for Fernandinho and an eventual replacement for the 34-year-old midfielder, Rodri is seen as the ideal signing in Manchester, where City have struggled in the Brazilian's absence.

​Diego Costa

The Spanish bad boy is set to leave the club. Costa's latest stint at Atletico started well after returning from Chelsea in 2018, but ill-discipline (an eight-match ban for confronting an official during a loss to Barca in April) and a lack of goals have frustrated representatives. Just two goals in 16 LaLiga appearances and five in all competitions have left Atletico ready to part with the 30-year-old, who has won LaLiga, the Europa League and three UEFA Super Cups in Madrid. Napoli are reportedly interested as Atletico look to move forward with Alvaro Morata.

Saul Niguez

Another Atletico product, Saul continues to attract interest from Europe's elite. The face of the club, along with fellow graduate Koke, the 24-year-old has been linked with City, Manchester United and other clubs. While Saul is happy to see out his nine-year contract, which does not expire until 2026, expect more teams to test Atletico's resolve amid a flurry of transfer activity.

Filipe Luis

One of Simeone's trusted players, a farewell is on the horizon for Filipe Luis. The 33-year-old full-back – in his second spell at the club having left for Chelsea in 2014 only to return a year later – is out of contract at the end of the season and available on a free transfer. Barcelona are believed to be considering a move for the Brazilian veteran, who attempted to force through a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain last season, to provide competition for Jordi Alba at Camp Nou.

Juanfran

The end is neigh for Juanfran. The 34-year-old right-back, like Filipe Luis, is coming off contract. Atletico are reportedly willing to offer a new one-year contract but the Spanish favourite – who joined from Osasuna in 2011 and has become one of the team's greatest custodians – is set to leave Los Rojiblancos after more than 300 appearances in search of more regular football. With Juanfran poised to move on, it breaks up Atletico's defensive core – including Godin, Lucas and Filipe Luis – and leaves a notable void in the dressing room.

Santiago Arias

After just one season, Atletico are reportedly ready to part with the Colombian right-back. Signed from PSV for €10million, Arias impressed initially. However, the 27-year-old has been unable to cement a regular place in the starting line-up. But with Atletico's defensive pillar falling apart, Simeone could be forced to rethink ahead of a major rebuild.

Nikola Kalinic

The Croatia international's future in Madrid is well known. Kalinic is expected to be shown the exit door after an unsuccessful spell at Atletico. He has only managed two goals in 17 LaLiga matches – seven of those starts – after leaving AC Milan at the end of 2017-18. While the 31-year-old's proposed departure is no surprise, it will leave Atletico short up front with Griezmann leaving and Costa facing an uncertain future.

Diego Godin will be considered an Atletico Madrid great after he leaves the club at the end of the season, according to Diego Simeone.

Having announced his departure from Atletico in midweek, Godin bade farewell to the Wanda Metropolitano faithful following the 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Sunday.

Inter have been heavily linked with signing the 33-year-old, who joined Atleti from Villarreal in 2010, winning the Europa League twice, a LaLiga title, and a Copa del Rey during his time at the club.

And Simeone was full of praise for the Uruguay international, adding that Godin has earned the right to be considered along club greats such as Fernando Torres and Gabi.

"Footballers leave. We've had seven and a half years. We've been able to squeeze the best out of each one of them," Simeone told a news conference.

"Seeing the stage where Diego has said goodbye makes me happy, because the club is growing.

"He's earned a place he deserves, like Fernando, Gabi. Not every player can say goodbye like these boys. They'll remember it forever.

"There was a huge silence when he started to talk. Nobody was leaving the stadium.

"The club's objective is to make a huge effort for important players. At the start, the big step was that [Radamel] Falcao stayed. Then we had [Antoine] Griezmann, [Jan] Oblak come in.

"I feel huge pleasure with the experience he's had.

"This year, we had problems with fitness. Hopefully we can resolve the situation. This year, Godin was going, Filipe Luis was going, then he was staying, and we had to play Saul [Niguez] there.

"[Diego] Costa had a problem, he had to have an operation, he came back in February. [Alvaro] Morata appeared, and with all the inconveniences, we're second [in the LaLiga table]."

Star man Griezmann has again been linked with a move to Barcelona - who he reportedly turned down to sign a new contract at the end of last season - but Simeone is not planning for life without the France forward.

"I was lucky to see him play and the togetherness he has with the fans," Simeone added.

"He's one of the captains, he'll be second captain, we give him the affection we have and until now he has shown us joy, enthusiasm and that he wants to be here."

Sevilla spoiled Diego Godin's final home appearance for Atletico Madrid as Pablo Sarabia scored in the 70th minute to force a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Sarabia beat Jan Oblak with a tidy side-footed finish from Franco Vazquez's cross to cancel out Koke's heavily deflected opener and keep alive the Andalusian club's slim Champions League hopes.

The result would have been sweeter for Joaquin Caparros' side had the goalscorer buried a good chance for a second and they still require results to go their way on the final day in order to pip Valencia and Getafe to fourth.

Atletico, meanwhile, will console themselves in the knowledge that second place behind LaLiga champions Barcelona is at least secured for the second successive season.

Alvaro Morata looked lively early on and brought a good save from Tomas Vaclik with a determined close-range header.

The striker did have the ball in the net just before the half-hour mark, but Filipe Luis had strayed offside in the build-up.

Fortune turned in Atletico's favour when Koke's tame attempt deflected off Simon Kjaer and wrong-footed goalkeeper Vaclik, before Sevilla lost Maxime Gonalons to an apparent muscle injury.

Thomas Partey gave the visitors a let-off after the interval, finishing wide of the left post following good lead-up play.

The assistant's flag next came to their rescue, Angel Correa having stepped beyond the last defender before rounding Vaclik.

And the visitors eventually made the reprieves count as Sarabia's volley squirmed under Francisco Montero's boot and past Oblak.

The winger was presented with a great chance to complete a quickfire comeback barely four minutes later, but he ballooned his shot over the crossbar to leave Sevilla two points adrift of the top four.

 

Diego Godin would have stayed at Atletico Madrid next season if Diego Simeone had got his way, but the club's coach said circumstances took the matter out of his hands.

Uruguay international Godin announced his decision to bring his nine-year stay to an end in an emotional media conference on Tuesday where he revealed he and the club "have not reached an agreement to continue".

Simeone, who was visibly upset while listening to Godin reflect on his Atleti career, indicated that he is unhappy with the failure to keep the 33-year-old at the Wanda Metropolitano.

"The club and I wanted Diego to stay," said Simeone on Saturday, ahead of a home meeting with Sevilla.

"But Diego, looking at his circumstances and the relationship he has with Atletico, took a decision that he explained few days ago."

He added: "There's nothing more I can say about Godin.

"I always valued his presence in this club, but as I said the management and the players have different things to achieve and Diego already expressed his feelings."

Godin's departure and anticipated move to join Inter in Serie A prompted criticism from former Atletico captain Gabi, who said the club's contract policy for players over the age of 30 was "unfair".

Simeone responded to Gabi's comments, saying: "Well, the club has a way to do things and we must respect it.

"Those of us inside the club have to agree with the decisions of the club, and we get behind them.

"As with every situation in life, some people make the rules and others have to follow them."

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