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Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2017

Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin has revealed Manchester City tried to bring him to the Etihad Stadium in 2015.

The Uruguay international is one of the standout defenders in the game and has been a crucial part of Atletico’s frequent challenges for La Liga and UEFA Champions League crowns. Former City boss Manuel Pellegrini was reportedly keen to add Godin to the base of his side.

“It’s true that two years ago, City wanted me when [Pellegrini] was there,” he told the Daily Mail (h/t James Robson of the Manchester Evening News). “I’m proud that he wanted me, but I feel like just another fan of this club. I’m very happy here. I didn’t feel that it was the moment to leave.”

As noted in the report, Godin had worked with Pellegrini in the past, having been signed by the coach for Villarreal. Here’s a reminder of why he is so highly rated:

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