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New Atletico signing Felipe refuses to live in anyone’s shadow: “I’m no Godin replacement”

By Chris Smith

Published: 16:08, 4 July 2019

New Atletico Madrid defender Felipe has insisted he wants to “make his own story” at the Wanda Metropolitano, rather than try to replace Diego Godin.

Godin has finally ended a nine-year stay with Atleti in which he won a La Liga title, a Copa del Rey and two Europa Leagues, joining Inter Milan on a free transfer.

Atleti’s busy week: Five key things to know…

  • Atleti announced the £113m signing of Benfica forward Joao Felix on Wednesday.
  • Shortly after, the club announced he will wear their No. 7 shirt.
  • That has been the number previously worn by Griezmann, who looks set to move to Barcelona.
  • Rodri has also departed Simeone’s squad for Man City in a £62.8m deal.
  • Felix has been joined through the door by Hector Herrera and Felipe.

Felipe agreed his £17.7m signing from Porto at the end of May and has now revealed his ambitions at a club which he has “high expectations” of.

“Godin is Godin, he’s a great player and he’s made a great story,” Felipe said of the 33-year-old.

“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.”

Felipe won more aerial duels (130) than any other Porto player in the Primeira Liga last season.

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With Godin already being joined through the exit door by Juanfran, Lucas Hernandez, Felipe Luis and Rodri, while Antoine Griezmann is expected to leave the club, Diego Simeone is currently is the midst of an exceptionally busy summer.

But his rebuild is well underway, with last season’s La Liga runners-up confirming the signing of Benfica forward Joao Felix on Wednesday, as well as Mexican midfielder, Hector Herrera – a former Porto teammate of Felipe.