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Diego Godin announces Atletico Madrid exit and confirms Manchester United rejection

Atletico Madrid captain Diego Godin has confirmed that he will leave the club when his contract expires in the summer and confirmed that he rejected a bid from Manchester United last summer.

The 33-year-old has played 387 games for Atletico, scored 27 goals and established himself as one of the world’s best centre-backs.

“I’m a little nervous, much more than I am before a game, but I have called everyone here to inform you that these are my final days at the club,” Godin said. “The most beautiful cycle of my sporting career and my life is over. I’m proud to have been on this beautiful stage, part of the history of this beautiful club. Thanks to everyone. This is not just a club for me, it has been a family, a way of life, my home.”

Godin also confirmed that he rejected a switch to United last summer, to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.

“I refused Manchester United’s bid one year ago because I decided to stay at Atlético Madrid,” he added. “Now – one year later – it’s time to go.”

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