Atletico Madrid and Uruguay defender Diego Godin has confirmed he rejected a deadline day bid from Manchester United for “personal reasons”.
Man United expressed interest in Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Yerry Mina and Jerome Boateng among others over the summer but never got any deal over the line.
They launched a late bid to sign Godin, a fundamental part of Atletico’s famous defence for eight years now, but were unsuccessful, and finished deadline day empty handed.
Speaking earlier this week, Godin revealed he did receive offers but decided to remain in Madrid for “personal reasons”.
“I have had offers, although I have decided to stay for personal reasons, and I am only thinking about the [UEFA Super Cup] final,” he said.
“But I have not extended my contract. I saw that news come out, but I do not know where it came from.”
Godin, now 32, feels like one of those players who will never leave their club – who you can always bank on seeing at the heart of Atletico and Uruguay’s defence, heading crosses away and just generally looking hard and mean.
He is, in many ways, a typical Diego Simeone player: dogged, enduring, a bit nasty, militantly focused. To see him play for any other club than Atletico would just feel strange.