Diego Godín spoke on Wednesday of his desire to remain with Atlético Madrid, after signing a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2019.
“I always wanted to stay at Atlético,” Godín told the media at a press conference. “There was an offer made, but I always wanted to listen to my heart.”
“There was an offer that surpassed what Atletico were offering me, but when I weighed up my happiness here and love for this club against the millions, I decided to stay.”
One person that had a huge impact on the Uruguayan’s decision was Diego Simeone.
“El Cholo had a huge hand in this,” Godín said. “He is the first to want me to stay and be happy.”
It sounds like the boss wasn’t the only one that convinced him.
“Some of my team-mates were more concerned than I was about me leaving, and urged me to stay,” the 29-year-old joked.
The offer was rumoured to have come from Manchester City, who, after being rejected by Godín, plumped to buy Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia.
“Everyone speaks highly of the Premier League, but I think La Liga is the best, the most competitive and the most beautiful.”
“I’m delighted to have renewed. It’s a great day for me. I’m very happy and hope to play my best and return this club to the top.”
Diego Godín of course scored the goal that clinched the 2013/14 league title for Atlético.
“My dream, and one I share with all of my team-mates, is to win the Champions League,” said the defender.
“I’ve come to identify myself with this club, and it’s hard not to love it when you feel the affection from the fans.”
We love you Diego!