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Godín confirms Atlético exit with Inter transfer on the cards

Godin confirms Atletico exit as Inter switch looms

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The long-serving Atlético Madrid defender announced his impending departure from the club in a news conference on Tuesday.

Diego Godín has announced he will leave Atlético Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season, with a move to Inter rumoured to be on the horizon.

Club captain Godín joined Atlético from Villarreal in 2010 and was a key part of their LaLiga title win in 2013-14 but confirmed in an emotional news conference on Tuesday his time at the club has come to an end.

The 33-year-old centre-back played for Atleti in Champions League final defeats to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016, though he did win the Europa League twice.

"I'm going to leave Atlético Madrid. These are my last days here," said Godín, who is expected to sign a contract with Serie A side Inter.

"Atleti have been my family, my club and my home, and it's very hard to say goodbye.

"These have been wonderful years I have enjoyed a lot and I have grown as a player, but above all as a person.

"I would like to play here until I'm 40, but that is impossible. We did not reach an agreement, so I have decided to leave, nothing else."

Cerezo: Godín "an example on and off the pitch"

Atlético president Enrique Cerezo picked out Godin's second-half equaliser in Atletico's 1-1 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou in May 2014, which made them LaLiga champions for the first time since 1996, as a high point of the defender's time at the club.

Cerezo said: "This is a very special day for Atlético Madrid, the whole family have come together to say goodbye to you Diego, an extraordinary player who gave everything over nine seasons.

"You have been a great example both on and off the pitch during this historic stage of our club. Your gestures - like the goal at Camp Nou, which was worth a LaLiga title - deserve to be recognised forever.

"Next year you will continue your professional career at another club, but you will always have the support of all Atleticos throughout your career. Atlético Madrid is your family and the Wanda Metropolitano is your home.

"If you were a champion on the pitch, off the pitch you were a super champion."