Atletico Madrid skipper Diego Godin has confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of this season when his contract expires. One of the finest defenders in the world, Godin joined Atletico Madrid from Villarreal in the summer of 2010 on a transfer fee of £6.6 million.
He has since gone on to make 387 appearances for the club, the second most appearances in the club’s history. Godin has scored 27 goals and has provided 14 assists for Atleti so far. This season, the Uruguayan has done pretty well for the club and has been one of the main reasons why Atletico Madrid have conceded only 26 La Liga goals, the least in the season so far. Godin has scored 4 goals and has provided 3 assists in 37 appearances across all competitions.
Godin skippered Atletico to the UEFA Cup before the start of the season. All in all, the Uruguayan has won 8 titles with Atletico Madrid that include three UEFA Super Cups and a La Liga title among others.
Speaking at a news conference, Godin said, “I’m a little nervous, much more than I am before a game, but I have called everyone here to inform you that these are my final days at the club. This isn’t just a club for me, it’s also been my family and it’s very hard to say goodbye.”
Inter Milan are heavy favorites to sign Godin and there are several reports which state that the Uruguayan defender will join the Nerazzurri in the summer. Last summer, Manchester United were interested in signing Godin on Deadline Day but he rejected them.
Godin will play his final home game for the club against Sevilla on Sunday before playing his final game for the club against Levante next Sunday.