In a bit of unexpected good news, Diego Godín will receive his Spanish passport in time to free up one of Atlético’s non-EU spots before the start of the 2011/12 campaign, MARCA reports.
The 25-year-old will reportedly swear allegiance to the Spanish flag when he returns to Spain upon conclusion of Uruguay’s participation in Copa América.
The Celeste qualified to the quarter-finals of the South American competition by defeating Mexico 1-0 Tuesday night, and will square off against tournament hosts Argentina on Saturday.
Atleti currently have six non-EU nationals on their hands, so when Godín gets his passport, sporting director José Luis Caminero and coach Gregorio Manzano will have a little more breathing room in deciding who to temporarily, or perhaps permanently, offload.
The six non-EU players at the moment are Godín, Elias, Miranda, Eduardo Salvio, Diego Costa and Leandro Cabrera, with Costa and Cabrera the most likely to be released either on loan, or sold outright with a possible buy-back option.