With only hours away from the start of the new Premier League season, Man City have suffered a serious blow in their bid to improve their defense.
Man City have been eager to improve their defense which hasn’t been a strong suit as of late, but their hopes of improving it before the season starts were dashed when Diego Godin snubbed them.
According to ESPN FC, Atletico Madrid star defender Godin has decided to re-sign with the La Liga outfit rather than accept an estimated €6.5m-a-year contract to play at Etihad Stadium.
ESPN FC found a Spanish newspaper that reported that Man City were willing to trigger the €40 million release clause in Godin’s contract, but ultimately Godin and Atletico agreed to put aside their differences and work out a new deal together.
Godin had made 155 appearances and scored 10 goals for Atletico since 2010. He was named La Liga Player of the Month twice in the 2013-14 season and was named to both the UEFA Champions League Team of the Season and the UEFA Team of the Year in 2014.
The 29-year-old Godin has made 92 caps for Uruguay since 2005, scoring 4 goals including a game-winner against Italy in the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.