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Diego Godin confirms he turned down United move
TALLINN, ESTONIA - AUGUST 14: Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid plays with the ball during a training session ahead of the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid CF at Lillekuela Stadium on August 14, 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Diego Godin confirms he turned down United move

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.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Paul Pogba of Manchester United (hidden) celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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.

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