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Mario Hermoso urges Atletico fans to forget his Real Madrid past

Mario Hermoso has urged his new Atletico Madrid fans to forget about his Real Madrid background.

The former Espanyol defender completed his move on Thursday.

Having come through the youth system at Real Madrid, questions about his past were inevitable on Thursday afternoon, yet the Spanish defender was quick to quash any such speculation.

"One can never erase his past," Hermoso declared.

"The only thing I can do is improve and influence my future.

"Winning on the pitch earns everyone's respect."

Diego Godin, now with Inter Milan, leaves behind an incredible vacuum in terms of both leadership and defensive ability, but Hermoso believes that replacing the Uruguayan is a positive challenge for him.

"There's no pressure," Hermoso admitted. "It's a nice challenge, an important challenge.

"My desire is to develop and I have a lot of hope [he can replace Godin]."

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