Felipe leaves Porto amid reports of imminent Atletico Madrid move

After three years at Porto, the Brazilian defender confirmed he is leaving, with the Spanish capital expected to be his next destination

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.

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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 haveĀ 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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