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Inter Milan Confirm Diego Godin Signing After Atletico Madrid Exit

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2019

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 12: Diego Godin of Club Atletico de Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between  Club Atletico de Madrid and Sevilla FC at Wanda Metropolitano on May 12, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Inter Milan confirmed the signing of Diego Godin on Monday almost two months on from the defender's revelation he would leave Atletico Madrid this summer.

The Italian giants announced the signing on Twitter:

Inter @Inter_en

🚨 | ANNOUNCEMENT There's a new sheriff in town 🤠 ⚫🔵 @diegogodin is an Inter player! #WelcomeDiego 🇺🇾 #NotForEveryone #FCIM https://t.co/7XMbNYH1vH

Godin, 33, had been playing for Uruguay at the 2019 Copa America before they were knocked out in the quarter-finals on penalties by Peru on Saturday.

Born in Rosario, Uruguay, Godin has played in Spain since 2007.

He spent three seasons at Villarreal before joining Atleti in 2010, where he established himself as one of the world's best centre-backs.

Godin was a key part of Diego Simeone's Atletico side that spectacularly won La Liga in 2013-14, and he also won two UEFA Europa Leagues with the club, as well as reaching two UEFA Champions League finals.

He opted not to renew his contract with Atletico, so Inter have signed him as a free agent.

Godin's peak years are arguably behind him. But he still made 30 appearances in La Liga last season and could be part of a strong defence at Inter under manager Antonio Conte next season:

David Amoyal @DavidAmoyal

For years Juventus had the best defense in Serie A with their BBC, now we have Napoli looking to pair Manolas with Koulibaly while Inter is adding Godin to go with De Vrij & Skriniar

As well as the defensive acumen Godin will take to the Milan club, his influence as a leader is also likely to be valuable.

The Uruguayan has led both his club and country with confidence in recent seasons, and he could be exactly the man Inter need to provide inspiration as they look to compete for the Serie A title once again.  

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