Diego Godin does not want to leave Atletico Madrid

Diego GodínLocal bookies learned that Diego Godin, centre-back for Atletico Madrid who joined their ranks at 2010, said that he never thought about leaving the Spanish side since he arrived at the club.

Last season, a 28-year-old Godin was a key part of their La Liga title triumph, as well as their run to the finals of the UEFA Champions League.

The Uruguay international said that he was always happy to stay with Atletico, thanks to his good relationship with the team’s coach, and local bookies know how this important this is.

“From the first moment I got here I was told by the press I had offers,” Godin told AS.

“I never knew anything. This year it’s true there were several enquiries but let me be very clear: with the confidence Cholo [Simeone] has in me and what he said about me, what the president and the fans have given me and the feeling I have for this club, it’s very difficult to leave here.

“It’s true that football is a job and you work to make money but when there are so many feelings involved it’s very difficult to change your team to earn a little bit more money.”

Some of Atletico’s prominent players left in the off-season, with left-back Filipe Luis and striker Diego Costa leaving their ranks, but Godin can understand why they made that decision.

“I respect all players and their decisions but that’s how I feel. I decided to stay and hopefully I’ll be here for many years,” he said.

“The important thing is we kept the core of the team, which gives stability to the club. Now it looks normal but the hardest part is maintaining consistency.”

“I had many ups and downs at Atletico, achieving the best and the worst. We won trophies but lost games and missed the Champions League,” Godin said.

“With the arrival of Cholo we were stabilised and there have been significant trophies. That gives you everything.

“The line between winning and losing is very thin and wins give you prestige, stability and continuity. And it’s true my career at Atletico has gone from less to more.”