Diego Godín has revealed in Uruguayan news paper El País that he is ready for a step up, hinting at a move to Atlético.
“I’m ready to move ahead. Villarreal is a great club and was for me the ideal team to adapt to Spanish football.
“Now I’d like to join a team with more history, that always aspires to fight for a title.
“All this [transfer talk] makes me happy, because it shows I’m on the right way and I hope to continue like this.”
We reported earlier that Godín might move to Atlético for €9m. Villarreal’s director José Manuel Llanezo acknowledged that a move for the defender is likely.
“The transfer is an important subject regarding our transfer budget. We’re close to a deal after our meeting with Atlético [on Thursday].
“We can say an agreement is close, because the differences between the clubs are minimal.”