Godín granted Spanish citizenship

The Uruguayan will receive his passport following his Copa América participation

Atlético centre-back  Diego Godín (mirrorfootball.co.uk)

Atlético centre-back
Diego Godín (mirrorfootball.co.uk)

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.

  • Lubo

    So far, it’s the best news in this whole damn transfer window. I was afraid that Toto will be sold or pushed out of squad again. Now it’s between Diego Costa and Elias. And Because we have loads of central midfielders, I can see Elias being sent on loan.

  • palc

    I hope Elias and Diego Costa will be sent out on loan or sold. Then we can buy Falcao.

  • javi

    Good news, now our defense is set.
    Adrian passed his physical today so upon receipt of the judgement in our favor from court he will be a good forward to replace Diego caca, and since Kun is not coming back, I would get Falcao or Rossi, both with EU passports and we are allset, except, we need to get rid of Raul Garcia paulo Assuncao and Cabrera.
    Elias should stay, he has not shown his potential yet, but he will this year now that he knows the league and hopefully Manzano gives him playing time, the guy is good-he has a mean ass direct kick too.

  • 7th

    Javi, I dont think falcao is suited for us, this guy is a 1 season wonder, he is only this good because of that porto coach. he is a kinda of poacher type striker,

    we need someone like kun, like rossi or nilmar,

    speaking of nilmar, we should get him.

  • Sebyk

    Falcao scored 73 goals in his 85 matches for Porto and he was a goal machine already in River Plate. He’s a top-quality striker, not a one-season star. The only problem is that he doesn’t have EU passport and I doubt he would leave Porto for a club like us (unfortunately)

  • Lubo

    Agree with Sebyk. I don’t think that playing for Atletico would be attractive for Falcao. He’s already wanted by Vilas-Boas in Chelsea. If we really are about to play 4-3-3 system, then we don’t need another striker, Forlan is great and Adrian will be perfect backup. And even Toto can play up front and he’s similar to Aguero.
    The No. 1 on the list should be Griezmann.

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