Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of Uruguayan defender Diego Godin on a three-year deal.
Godin said a few weeks back that he would leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season, thus bringing an end to his 9-year stint at the club. The Uruguayan defender made 389 appearances for the club since joining from Villarreal on a transfer fee of €8 million. Godin has 27 goals and 14 assists to his name.
This season, Godin made 39 appearances for Atleti, scoring 4 goals and providing 3 assists as Atletico Madrid came second in the La Liga and won the UEFA Super Cup. Godin’s presence at the back was a key reason behind Atletico Madrid conceding the least number of goals in the La Liga this season- 29.
Godin is also the captain of the Uruguay national team and has made 131 appearances for his country, a national record. He captained Uruguay in all of their matches in the ongoing Copa America in Brazil. Uruguay’s tournament came to an end following a quarter-final defeat to Peru on penalties. Peruvian goalkeeper Pedro Gallese made the only save of the shootout by blocking Luis Suarez’s shot.
One of the finest centre-backs in the world at the moment, Godin’s addition will certainly be useful to Inter Milan as will be his experience. Godin will most likely play his first match in an Inter shirt when the Nerazzurri take on Manchester United in the International Champions Cup on the 20th.