An Argument for Why Atletico Madrid Must Tie Diego Godin to a New Deal

Paul WilkesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2015

Atletico's Diego Godin celebrates after scoring during the Group A Champions League soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Malmo at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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Diego Godin's form for Atletico Madrid has been integral to the team's prosperity in recent years.

The Uruguayan defender was rock solid alongside his partner Miranda, as the club claimed their first league title for 18 years and reached the Champions League final.

His standing as one of the best centre-backs in the business was fixed by the outrage shown in his failure to make the FIFA World Team of the Year for 2014, via the Daily Mail.

Godin has been constantly linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderon, as numerous top sides look to strengthen in that area.

Manchester United are among the teams regularly associated with Godin and were eager to try to prise him away in this transfer window, per David Anderson at the Daily Mirror.

However, Godin is more than happy in Madrid and has continually talked about staying in Spain for a long time.

"This year, it is true there were some enquiries, but I had things very clear," admitted Godin at the close of the summer transfer period, via ESPN. He continued:

With the confidence of [Simeone], with what he says about me, with the president told me, with what the fans say to me and with the feeling I have for this club, it is very difficult to leave.

Then, just last month he confirmed his desire to persist in Madrid, as he confessed to ESPN (via The Independent): "I would like to stay many years here [at Atletico Madrid]."

Godin turns 29 in February of this year and it appears he sees his immediate future with Los Rojiblancos but situations change in football, and the side should take advantage of his existing mood by tying him down to a new deal.

His current contract expires in 2018, at which point he will be 32 years old, but there's no reason why he can't continue at the top level for much longer.

The player has a buyout clause of £28.5 million, per the Daily Mirror, and although he admits he doesn't want to leave, Atletico's financial position may take the decision out of his hands.

If the club were to extend his contract for another two years, they could also increase the purchase clause in the agreement to reflect his true value to the club.

Godin has impressed since he left his homeland, although it's only when Diego Simeone took the helm for Atleti that he gained any sort of consistency.

His transformation has been remarkable, though he clearly isn't on his own in this regard.

Godin appears grounded in his personality, and while he's currently competing for the game's top prizes, there's every chance that his position may alter if Simeone were to leave in the next 18 months.

When Gregorio Manzano was in charge of the side, I witnessed firsthand Godin walking through the mixed zone with his shopping carrier bag, while others had designer gear in their grasp.

He looked more like Angelos Epithemiou than a world-class defender in the making.

Atletico Madrid have shown that they can cope without Miranda due to the brilliant impression made by Jose Gimenez, while the Brazilian has been injured.

Gimenez is the perfect replacement and Godin can assist his compatriot to improve even further.

The fact Godin scores goals is a bonus, but it's his role in marshalling the whole of the back line that makes him stand out from his peers, as it's not an easy attribute to obtain.

Like John Terry at Chelsea, Godin may see many alterations made to those in his defensive unit, but while he's there to organise his fellow team-mates, then Atletico's rearguard will remain strong.