Atletico captain Godin to leave club, lips sealed on next move

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Published on May 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:12s
Tearful Godin announces his departure from Atletico

Atletico captain Godin to leave club, lips sealed on next move

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 7, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID CAPTAIN DIEGO GODIN SAYING: "As you could imagine, I have called everyone here to inform you that these are my final days and matches at Atletico Madrid.

(STARTS CRYING) It was to inform you that.

I wanted me to be the one to announce this, that you hear it from my mouth in first person.

For the love I have for everyone, for the love I have to this club, this badge and this jersey.

Because I'm one more fan, because I have a lot of respect for our supporters and for the love they gave me throughout all these years.

And because for me this is not just a club, for me this has been a family and a way of living.

It has been my home, and it's always hard to say goodbye to your home." STORY: Atletico Madrid captain Diego Godin is leaving the club after nine years when his contract expires in June, the Uruguayan defender said at a news conference on Tuesday (May 7), fighting to hold back tears.

Godin, 33, has played 387 times for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010, scoring 27 goals - including famously clinching the club's first La Liga title in 18 years with a header in a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in 2014.

Godin did not say where he is going, but numerous Spanish media have reported that he is on his way to Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.

He is the club's longest-serving player, and its latest high profile servant to leave after Fernando Torres and former captain Gabi Fernandez departed last year.

Godin's departure will leave another hole in Atletico's defence, with France international Lucas Hernandez already agreeing to join Bayern Munich in June after they paid his 80 million euro release clause.

In addition to the La Liga triumph, Godin won two Europa League titles, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup and three UEFA Super Cups with Atletico as well as reaching the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, only to lose both times to Real.

(Production: Andy Ragg)

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