Date: 15th August 2018 at 11:07am
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Uruguay international defender Diego Godin insists he did not use Manchester United’s interest during the transfer window as an attempt to earn a new contract at Atletico Madrid.

The centre-back emerged as a late transfer target for the Premier League side before last Thursday’s deadline, but the 32-year-old snubbed a move to Old Trafford, and United suspected the player was playing hard to get in a bid to earn a new deal at the La Liga club.

Godin, who has 122 international caps for his country, featured in all five of Uruguay’s games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia this summer.

He scored one goal in 45 appearances in all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side last season.

Uruguay’s Diego Godin in action at the 2018 World Cup.

Speaking about United’s advances ahead of the club’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Real Madrid tonight, Godin said (via the Mirror), “I have not renewed.

“I have had offers, although I have decided to stay for personal reasons, and I am only thinking about the final.

“But I have not extended my contract.

“I saw that news come out, but I do not know where it came from.”

Godin is contracted at Atletico until June 2019, and is valued at £31.5m.

Written by Dan Church

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