Jose Gimenez hopeful of Diego Godin stay

Jose Gimenez
GIRONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 09: Seydou Doumbia of Girona FC competes for the ball with Jose Gimenez (L) and Santiago Arias of Atletico de Madrid during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 match between Girona FC and Atletico Madrid at Montilivi Stadium on January 09, 2019 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez has revealed he wants teammate Diego Godin to remain at the club despite speculation over his future.

Gimenez is keen to continue playing alongside Godin with Los Rojiblancos for a long time as the veteran defender continues to be linked with A move to Italy.

Godin’s contract expires at the end of the current season and the former Villarreal defender has been tipped to join Serie A outfit Inter Milan in July.

The 32-year-old, who reportedly rejected a move to Manchester United at the start of the season, has called the Wanda Metropolitano home since arriving from Villarreal in 2010.

Gimenez, who’s also a teammate of Godin at international level with Uruguay, is keen to continue learning from the experienced defender.

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There is a lot of talk of team-mates and I want everyone to do well in their careers,” Gimenez said, according to FourFourTwo.

“But I want them with me because they are great players and we need them.”

“I hope everyone stays, I love them all personally. The club also loves them and will do their best for everyone. I hope Diego is my partner for a long time.”