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Diego Godin leaves Atletico Mineiro

21 Jun 2022, 21:18 GMT+10

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Veteran Uruguayan defender Diego Godin has parted ways with Atletico Mineiro after less than six months with the Brazilian club.

The 36-year-old made just eight appearances for Atletico following his arrival from Italian Serie A outfit Cagliari in January.

"I am leaving with the satisfaction of having always given my best at all times, with a lot of professionalism, and having respected all those people that I will never forget," said the 36-year-old defender said on social media.

Godin, who has been capped 159 times for Uruguay, is contracted to Atletico Mineiro until December.

The center-back did not reveal his next move but earlier this month he said he could leave Atletico to join Argentina's Velez Sarsfield in a bid to secure his place in Uruguay's national team ahead of this year's World Cup. Velez are managed by Alexander Medina, who is a close friend of Godin.

Uruguay have been drawn alongside South Korea, Portugal and Ghana in Group H of the World Cup, which will be played in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.

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