Diego Godin has today announced that he is to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season. He informed the media at a news conference at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico’s home stadium. The Uruguayan will leave in the summer after more than nine years with the Spanish side.
Diego Godin To Leave Atletico
A Club Legend
Having signed for around €8 million in 2010, Godin has since made 387 appearances for Atletico. The Uruguayan has been an integral part of their recent success. In his nine years at the club, he has overseen two Europa League triumphs, finished twice as a runner-up in the Champions League and also won the La Liga title in 2013/14.
His successes have helped establish himself as a world-class centre-back. He has rejected moves away from Atletico in the past in favour of staying. This includes last summer when Manchester United were interested in his services. In the press conference on Tuesday, he confirmed he rejected the move.
The Press Conference
Diego Godin announced his departure to the media via a press conference on Tuesday. He said: “These are my last days and matches at Atletico Madrid.
“I wanted to tell you myself for the love I have for this club and shirt. This isn’t just a club for me, it’s always been my family and it’s very hard to say goodbye.”
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo spoke at the press conference and said: “We aren’t here to say goodbye to a player who is already a legend, but to thank an extraordinary footballer for everything he has given us throughout this nine seasons.”
Where Next For Diego Godin?
His departure could cause several defences problems for Atletico Madrid. Lucas Hernandez is also leaving the Wanda Metropolitano to join Bayern Munich. As a result, manager Diego Simeone will have to spend money to rejuvenate his defence.