Diego Godin: Personal reasons behind Atleti stay


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Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin insists he turned down reported interest from Manchester United for ‘personal reasons’ and not to secure an improved contract with the Spanish club.

Urugugay international Godin emerged as a potential target for United before the English transfer window slammed shut last week and it is believed the Red Devils made an approach for the 32-year-old.

However, Godin opted against a move to Old Trafford and chose to stay with Atleti, the club he has represented for the last eight years, although United reportedly feel the former Villarreal star used their interest to engineer a new contract with his current employers.

Godin, who is expected to feature for Atleti in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup final against Real Madrid, has now dismissed those claims out of hand and he has sited ‘personal reasons’ as his main motivation for remaining at the Wanda Metropolitano.

“I have not renewed,” Godin said. “I have had offers, although I have decided to stay for personal reasons, and I am only thinking about the final.”

“But I have not extended my contract. I saw that news came out but I do not know where it came from.”

The centre-back will be hoping to lift the Super Cup for a third time on Wednesday and Atleti are priced at 3.00 to win the contest in 90 minutes, while Real are available at 2.40 and the draw is on offer at 3.25.

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