According to the Spanish paper AS, Diego Godin is set to sign a new contract extension with Atletico Madrid after turning down the chance to join Manchester City this summer.
The Uruguay international star has become one of the standout centre-backs in La Liga over the past few years, helping Atleti win the title against all odds 15 months ago.
Godin has long been admired by the Premier League’s elite clubs and many speculated that he might finally leave the Spanish capital this summer with Los Colchoneros making a number of changes.
According to the report in AS, City boss Manuel Pellegrini requested his side bring in the 29-year-old but Godin turned down their financially rewarding offer before a bid was even submitted.
Now, following his intentions to stay at the club, the parties have allegedly successfully negotiated an extension on Godin’s contract with the player set to sign on until 2019.
“Diego Godín is set to sign a new contract with Atlético Madrid until 2019. Atleti have reacted to a big offer Manchester City recently made for the defender. His salary will be improved but it will not be the amount he would have earned at the Premier League club,” the report says.
Do Manchester City need to add a new centre-back before the window shuts?
If there is one area City are short in terms of quality squad depth, it is in the centre-back positions with Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala backed up by Martin Demichellis.
Beyond those three, 20-year-old Jason Denayer is the next best option which suggests the club could find themselves in big trouble if injuries and suspensions occur at the back.