Atletico Madrid veteran: Manchester City wanted to sign me in 2015, but…

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godín had the chance to join Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City in the summer of 2015 – but turned it down.

The 32-year-old Uruguayan, one of La Liga’s most consistent defenders for a number of years, was widely linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium that year, and not for the first time has revealed that he rejected a chance to experience the Premier League.

Speaking to Cadena SER on Monday night, Godín said: “It’s true that in the summer of 2015, Manchester City wanted to sign me.

“I had doubts, but weighed up my priorities and I’m still here (Atletico).”

Godín would certainly have added quality to City’s backline although wouldn’t be well-suited to Pep Guardiola’s current high line defensive style.

City have spent heavily on centre-backs in recent years, with over £100million invested in the young pair of John Stones (£47.5million) and Aymeric Laporte (£57million).

Had Godín joined in 2015, it is unlikely that City would have signed Nicolás Otamendi, who had a dodgy start to life at City, but right now is certainly a better fit for Guardiola’s City than Godín.

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