Diego Godin rules out Atletico Madrid exit

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin says that he wants to stay at the club for "many years" after rejecting the chance to leave in the summer.

Diego Godin has revealed that he has rejected offers to leave Atletico Madrid due to his affinity for the club.

The 28-year-old was one of Atletico's standout players last season as he helped the club to win the La Liga title and reach the Champions League final.

"From the moment I arrived here I felt, due to the papers, that there were offers for me, but I never knew anything," Godin told AS. "This year it's true people asked about me, but with the backing of Diego Simeone... and with the feeling I have for this club, it's hard to leave.

"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."

Godin joined Atletico in August 2010 from Villarreal.

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Diego Simeone the coach of Club Atletico de Madrid celebrates towards his supporters after winning the La Liga after the match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on May 17, 2014
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