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Diego Godin, Atletico Madrid Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Comments

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2015

Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Diego Godin celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Malmo FF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on October 22, 2014.   AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO        (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid have agreed a new contract with Uruguay international captain Diego Godin, keeping the marquee defender at the club for a further four years. 

Bleacher Report UK shared the news on social media:

B/R Football @brfootball

Diego Godin has extended his contract with Atletico Madrid, keeping him with #Atleti until 2019. http://t.co/qOB2Nq6srs

The 2013-14 La Liga champions confirmed the new deal on their official website, stating Godin has become "one of the pillars of our team," and the player "has always wanted to continue [to be] linked to Atletico."

Godin has won six major trophies with the Calderon side since his signing in 2010 and scored the vital goal at the Camp Nou that sealed the Spanish championship two seasons ago. 

The news will come as a relief to Atletico fans who have seen an exodus of top players leave in recent times, including Diego Costa and Arda Turan. 

However, 29-year-old Godin has committed his future to his club, which will surely earn him legendary status at the end of his stay. 

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Joseph Walker of ESPNFC.com recently commented on the player's incredible loyalty to coach Diego Simeone:

It is refreshing to see that in the modern game sometimes money, in fact, cannot buy you love. The Calderon faithful should be jumping for joy that the defender has agreed to stay and commit his best years to the club. It seems to be a match made in heaven and long may it continue.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 22: Diego Godin (L) jumps to celebrate scoring their fourth goal close to his team mate Joao Miranda (R) during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Malmo FF at Vicente Calderon stadium on Oct
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For Los Rojiblancos to compete this season, they needed to retain Godin—not only for his defensive acumen, but also for his leadership skills.

He is one of the great centre-backs in world football, and his loss might have facilitated a fall down the Liga table. 

Simeone can now look forward knowing he has the strength of Godin under his command, building toward the promised land of a second league title as they battle against the superpowers of Real Madrid and Barcelona.  

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