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Filipe Luis confirms Atlético exit and plans Brazil return

Atlético Madrid have bid farewell to the long-serving Filipe Luis, a member of their title-winning 2013-14 team.

Filipe Luis confirms Atlético exit and plans Brazil return
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Filipe Luis has confirmed his departure from Atlético Madrid after eight seasons with the LaLiga club.

The Brazil international delayed a decision on his club future until after the Copa América and both parties have now agreed not to extend his contract, which expired at the end of June.

Atleti have overhauled their squad since the end of last season and though he had been open to the prospect of another campaign under Diego Simeone, Filipe Luis agreed the time has come for a change.

"We had a conversation and decided this is best for the club and for me," Filipe Luis said at his farewell announcement on Sunday. The relationship is great, the doors are open. We waited for the right moment to announce it. We both have a clear conscience. I made myself available for whatever was needed. We decided that it was best to go our separate paths."

The left-back praised his successor and compatriot, Renan Lodi, as the best Brazil had to offer in his position.

After more than a decade in Europe, which included a season at Chelsea in between his two stints with Atleti, Filipe Luis now appears set to return to his homeland.

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Flamengo are reportedly in pole position to secure the 33-year-old's signature.

"I have not signed any contract," he said. "I will make the decision in the next few days. I have been a Flamenguista since I was young. Leaving Atlético is not an easy decision to make, but I want to end my career in Brazil. Some things are missing. We are conversing. You always have to listen to Flamengo."