Atletico Madrid star: This is why I did not leave

Diego Godin wasn’t interested in following Filipe Luis and Diego Costa out the door for financial gains during the summer.

Chelsea ruthlessly broke up a successful Atletico Madrid side during the summer as they prised away three of their star players.

Shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois returned to West London following his loan spell in the Spanish capital, whereas Filipe Luis and 36-goal striker Diego Costa found the Blues and their financial power too tempting to turn down.

One player that Jose Mourinho failed to lure to Stamford Bridge despite strong interest was tough defender Diego Godin, who opted to remain at the Vicente Calderon.

The 28-year-old played a huge role in Atletico's success last season, scoring the equalising goal at the Nou Camp which won his side their first La Liga title since 1996.

Portuguese tactician Mourinho is an admirer of the Uruguayan centre-back, although the financial temptation of a luxury Premier League deal didn’t interest Godin like it did with Costa and Luis as the defender told the press of his reasons behind staying with the Spanish champions.

“From the moment I arrived here I felt, due to the papers, that there were offers. I never knew anything. This year it’s true people checked my situation, but I’m quite clear about it: with the backing of Cholo, with what he says about me, with what the President tells me, with what the fans give me and with the feeling I have for this club, it’s hard to leave,” he is quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS.

“It’s true that football is a job and one works to earn money, but when there are so many feelings involved, it’s hard to change clubs just to earn a bit more cash. I respect every player and their decisions, but that’s my feeling, I decided to stay and hopefully I’ll be here for many years.”

Diego Godin has represented Los Colchoneros 164 times in all competitions, scoring 14 goals and entering the record books alongside fellow defender Miranda.

During his four-year stint at the club, he has won La Liga, the Europa League, the Copa Del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup and the European Super Cup.

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