Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has revealed he turned down the chance to move to Manchester United during the summer transfer window but did so due to personal reasons
Godin, 32, has established his name as one of the world’s renowned defenders since he started working with Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital.
Atletico has built a powerful defense around his talents, a strength that helped the side to the 2013-14 La Liga title as well as two Champions League finals in the last five seasons.
That talent, not to mention his cut-price €20 million (£18m/$23.2m) buyout clause, attracted the attention of Manchester United over the summer.
It’s believed the Red Devils bid for the player was rebuffed as the defender is set to sign a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano.
And the player himself has now confirmed that he had no intention of leaving his adopted home in Madrid, although he is yet to pen down an extension.
“I have not renewed,” Godin told reporters ahead of Atletico Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup clash against rivals Real Madrid.
“I have had offers, although I have decided to stay for personal reasons and I am only thinking about the final.
Diego Godin is expected to feature in the starting eleven when they lock horns with Madrid for the UEFA Super Cup.