Diego Simeone insists he was reluctantly left to accept that Atletico Madrid will lose Diego Godin amid criticism over the club’s contract policy.
Los Colchoneros skipper Godin emotionally announced his nine-year stay in Madrid will come to an end in the summer on Tuesday afternoon.
There wasn’t a single dry eye in the press conference, with even Atletico boss Simeone and star forward Antoine Griezmann seen in the crowd in tears as Godin delivered his farewell speech.
The Uruguay international did, though, reveal that both himself and Atletico were unable to reach an agreement to renew his expiring contract.
Former Atletico captain Gabi later slammed the club’s contract policy for players over the age of 30.
“The club and I wanted Diego to stay,” said Simeone, according to Yahoo.
“But Diego, looking at his circumstances and the relationship he has with Atletico, took a decision that he explained few days ago.”
He added: “There’s nothing more I can say about Godin.
“I always valued his presence in this club, but as I said the management and the players have different things to achieve and Diego already expressed his feelings.”
When asked about Gabi’s remarks, Simeone replied: “Well, the club has a way to do things and we must respect it.
“Those of us inside the club have to agree with the decisions of the club, and we get behind them.
“As with every situation in life, some people make the rules and others have to follow them.”
Godin is expected to join Serie A giants Inter Milan on a free transfer in the summer. Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport has claimed that a deal has been agreed on, which will earn the 33-year-old an annual wage of €6.75m.
For now, though, Godin’s focus will be on his final game at the Wanda Metropolitano for Atletico against Sevilla on Sunday. Kick-off will take place at 18:30 (CET).
Simeone and Griezmann both crying as Godín announced his departure earlier. There will be plenty more tears over the coming days with Felipe Luis also bidding farewell. pic.twitter.com/5KUUFuxGr8
— Kieran Quaile (@kquaile90) May 7, 2019