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Cagliari defender Diego Godin: Man City agreed to pay more than my Atletico Madrid clause

Cagliari defender Diego Godin has revealed how close he came to joining Manchester City.

Godin was captain of Atletico Madrid at the time.

He recalled to AS: "Yes, that was the summer of 2015. Manchester City came and paid more than my clause, because I wanted to do it on good terms. And I was negotiating with Atlético and City was pressing, Cholo (coach Diego Simeone) found out in Japan, because the team was touring Asia, although I was in Madrid because I had returned later from the Copa America.

"Everyone closed ranks, I remember Gabi, Raúl García, Tiago, all my teammates and Cholo too and he said: 'If Godín goes, I'll go'. That's what Cholo said and the next day I was renewing.

"They are gestures that I have to thank. Actually, that shows what group there was. Within that group I had and have friends. Soccer happens, but what you have left are friends and people who love me to this day."

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