Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has told Chelsea that he would under no circumstance allow star defender Diego Godin to leave.
The Blues have been busy in the transfer market so far this summer, acquiring midfielder Cesc Fabregas as well as push towards deals for a number of other players.
Amongst those said to be nearing deals to the Stamford Bridge outfit are Atletico Madrid duo Filipe Luis and Diego Costa, with additional reports suggesting that boss Jose Mourinho is keen on a third player from Los Colchoneros, Diego Godin.
The 28-year-old centre-back is described as a technical player who is excellent in the air, a player which Mourinho could use to relieve the pressure of current Chelsea skipper John Terry.
The self-proclaimed Special One’s chances of signing the Uruguayan international, however, have dropped from slim to almost non-existent following Diego Simeone’s recent comments to the press.
Reported by the Spanish newspaper AS, the Argentine coach stated under no circumstance would he be willing to sell his star defender.
“He is one of the most important players at the club. I would never let him go. Godin has improved so much in all aspects possible; from a footballing perspective, leadership and as a person. I wish him the best, I appreciate him and I expect him to stay with us in the future.”
Diego Godin has been at Atletico Madrid since 2010, helping his team win a host of trophies including the Europa League, Copa Del Rey and La Liga.
Currently on international duty at the World Cup, he helped Uruguay progress to the knockout stages yesterday by scoring a late header in the 1-0 victory over Italy.