News ID: 252484
Published: 0132 GMT May 07, 2019

Emotional Godin to leave Atletico

Emotional Godin to leave Atletico
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Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin gets emotional during a press conference in Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain, on May 7, 2019, as he announces his departure from the Spanish club in the summer.

Uruguay defender Diego Godin announced he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer at an emotional news conference at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old fought back tears as he confirmed he was bringing his time at the club to an end after nine years, BBC Sport reported.

Godin arrived from Villarreal in 2010 and has played 387 times for Atletico, helping the club clinch a first La Liga title in 18 years in 2013-14.

Inter Milan is the favorite to sign the defender on a free transfer.

"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," said Godin.

"This isn't just a club for me, it's also been my family and it's very hard to say goodbye."

Godin also won two Europa Leagues, the Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup and three UEFA Super Cups with Atletico, as well as reaching the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, losing both times to Real Madrid.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo added, "We are here to say goodbye to an Atletico legend. You have been a vital part of this great era for the club, with your efforts and your goals, like the one which gave us the title at the Nou Camp.”

 

 

   
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