Diego Godín was today officially unveiled as an Atlético de Madrid player. The Uruguayan, who completed his move from Villarreal to Atleti last Thursday, becomes Atlético’s fifth signing of the summer following a hugely successful World Cup campaign.
The 24 year-old was instrumental in Uruguay’s run to the semi-finals of the tournament in South Africa alongside fellow countryman Diego Forlán. The centre-back has been handed his reward with a move to the Spanish capital and the Vicente Calderón, signing a five year contract.
Enrique Cerezo, as usual, hosted the event and handed Godín the number 25 shirt. He told the player that “it makes us especially excited that, despite interest in signing you from some of the biggest clubs, you have decided to wear the red and white shirt and join our project.”
Godín was then led outside onto the pitch were he pulled on the Atlético shirt for the very first time and showed off some of his ball skills for the gathered fans. Diego is the second defensive signing this season, along with Filipe Luis, who signed from Deportivo just a week before.
Our club president hailed the defender as the solution to Atlético’s defensive problems.
“This player is exactly what we were looking for to shore up the team. He has high technical quality but also an attacking mentality and can get goals, something we lacked last season. He has great character, power and discipline.”
Godín had already taken part in his first training session on Monday alongside Diego Forlán, both men returning from holiday following the World Cup.
The two players are good friends, and if El Mundo Deportivo is to be believed, Forlán may have had more than a hand in convincing Godín to swap El Madrigal for the Vicente Calderón.