END OF AN ERA

The 33-year-old, who has been on the membership for 9 years, was visibly emotional as he introduced the information at a press convention on Tuesday

Diego Godin introduced he’ll go away Atletico Madrid this summer time at an emotional information convention on the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.

The long-serving defender fought again tears as he confirmed his nine-year spell on the membership was coming to an finish.

Diego Godin has introduced he will likely be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer time

The Uruguay worldwide, a massively well-liked determine amongst supporters and his team-mates, arrived from LaLiga rivals Villarreal in 2010, that includes 387 occasions for Atletico since then.

Godin, who turned down a transfer to Manchester United final summer time in favour of signing a contract extension, performed an integral position in Atletico clinching a primary La Liga title in 18 years again in 2014.

Addressing the viewers of his determination, he stated: “I’m somewhat nervous, way more than I’m earlier than a recreation, however I’ve known as everybody right here to tell you that these are my last days on the membership.

“This isn’t only a membership for me, it’s additionally been my household and it’s very onerous to say goodbye.

“I refused a Manchester United bid one yr in the past as a result of I made a decision to remain at Atlético Madrid. Now – one yr later – it’s time to go.”

Godin embraces one younger supporter following Atletico’s 3-2 win in opposition to Valencia final month

Godin, 33, received two Europa Leagues, the Copa del Rey, Spanish Tremendous Cup and three Uefa Tremendous Cups with Atletico.

He was additionally a part of the group which reached the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, shedding each occasions to arch nemesis Actual Madrid.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo added: “We’re right here to say goodbye to an Atletico legend.

“You’ve got been an important a part of this nice period for the membership, together with your efforts and your targets, just like the one which gave us the title on the Nou Camp.

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“You’ve got fought in a thousand battles and defended the membership’s shirt in each recreation and you’ve got worn the captain’s armband.

“Wherever you find yourself, Atletico needs you lots of luck. Atletico is your loved ones, the Wanda Metropolitano is your private home.”

Inter Milan are the favourites to signal the skilled defender, who is not going to be with out his justifiable share of admirers, on a free switch.

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