Diego Godin confirms he will leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season

    Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has announced he will part ways with the club at the end of the season after nine years of service

    Established himself as an indispensable first-team member, Los Rojiblancos captain has collected 381 top-flight appearances for the club.

    A mainstay of Diego Simeone’s backline, the 126-capped Uruguay international has spearheaded La Liga’s best defense this term, making 28 league outings so far.

    However, the 33-year-old will depart the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in the summer as the parties have struggled to agree on an extension.

    Although he had an opportunity to join Manchester United last season, former Villarreal man has decided to reject the move and stay in Spain.

    One year later, Godin seems on the verge of joining Serie A giants Inter Milan, who are ready to make him the club’s highest-paid player to lure him away from the Spanish top tier.

    “This club has been a way of life.

    “Now I have more nerves than for any match. These are my final days at Atletico, this has been more than a club for me, they have been a family, my home and a way of life,” the centre-back said.

    “I refused a Manchester United bid one year ago because I decided to stay at Atlético Madrid. Now – one year later – it’s time to go.

    “To be simple, I am captain of the team, have been here many years. We have not reached an agreement to continue, so my stage here is over.

    “I would like to play here until I’m 40, but that is impossible. For me, the first priority has always been the club, this team, my team-mates. We did not reach an agreement, so I have decided to leave, nothing else.

    “As a kid I dreamed of playing football, playing for Uruguay, playing in Europe, be a big player, but never thought I’d be at a stadium like this with the people cheering your name. There is nothing nicer than that.”


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