The veteran Uruguayan defender and captain of ‘Celeste’, Diego Godin, said on Thursday that joining Vélez Sarsfield of Argentina will allow him to maintain the rhythm of the game with his eyes on the World Cup in Qatar this year.
“It’s an intense league (Argentina), there are many competitive teams. They told me that this is the ideal team. And for me, it’s being able to have continuity and reach the Cup at a good pace, which is what I also want.” , said Godín, presented as reinforcements at the José Amalfitani stadium.
After leaving Atlético-MG, he spoke about his arrival at Vélez: “I was received in a spectacular way. It shows that there is a great family. A pleasant working environment. A very good energy.”
The ‘pharaoh’ Godin, 36, admitted that he is used to suffering few injuries, but recalled that this year patellar tendinitis took his continuity in the game. “I want to be fine to enter, according to what the coaching staff considers,” he said.
Vélez is led by a compatriot of his, Alexander ‘El Cacique’ Medina. The team comes from irregular performances and needed to be strengthened. It is currently ranked 19th in a 28-team championship with only four rounds played.
Godín commented that “I was dragging the tendonitis, playing and stopping, at the time of life or death” to get Uruguay to the World Cup, a goal achieved almost at the end of the South American qualifying round. “I come to Vélez because I love football,” said the defender, who has signed a contract until the end of 2023.
The defender also said that he “had been dragging the tendonitis, playing and stopping, right at the moment it was life or death” to get Uruguay’s place in the World Cup, a goal achieved almost at the end of the South American qualifiers. “I come to Vélez because I love football,” he added.
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The best moment of Godín’s career was in Europe, where he played for Villarreal and Atlético de Madrid. With the red and white jersey, he won the European Supercup in 2010, 2012 and 2018.
With the ‘colchoneros’, Godín also won the Europa League in 2012 and 2018, the Copa del Rey in 2013, the Spanish League and the Spanish Super Cup, both in 2014. In Italy, he played for Inter Milan and Cagliari.
Godín began his professional career at Cerro, in Uruguay, and shone at Nacional in Montevideo. In 2005, he debuted with the shirt of ‘Celeste’ and became champion of the Copa América in Argentina in 2011. He is the player with the most matches played for his country: 159. In addition, he scored eight goals and has World Cup disputes in South Africa (2010), Brazil (2014) and Russia (2018).
On Wednesday, Godín participated in the first training session with the Vélez squad. It is not yet known if he will be able to debut on Saturday against Defensa y Justicia, for the fifth round. In the Argentine team, the expectation is that he can play against River in the first match of the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores 2022, at home, on June 29.
Vélez is in contention for the national championship, the Argentine Cup and the Libertadores.