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Ben Godfrey leaves Everton to sign with Serie A side Atalanta

Everton defender Ben Godfrey has left the club to sign for Europa League winners Atalanta for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old struggled to cement his place in Sean Dyche's side last season, featuring 16 times in all competitions.

A statement on the Everton website read: "Ben Godfrey has left Everton to sign for Serie A club Atalanta for an undisclosed fee.

"The 26-year-old defender moves on after making 93 appearances for the Blues, having joined from Norwich City in October 2020.

"Godfrey, who earned his two England caps while at Everton, made his Toffees debut in the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw on 17 October 2020, played behind closed doors at Goodison due to Covid-19.

"Everyone at Everton thanks Ben for his service to the club and wishes him all the best for the future."

Godfrey's two England caps came in friendlies ahead of the delayed Euro 2020, but he did not make the final 26-man squad for the tournament.

Godfrey will link up at Atalanta with former Toffees winger Ademola Lookman, who scored a hat-trick in the Europa League final win over Bayer Leverkusen in Dublin.

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