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Godin agrees new Atleti deal as Griezmann is named vice-captain

Godin agrees new Atleti deal as Griezmann is named vice-captain

Diego Godin has signed a new and improved deal with Atletico Madrid, whilst Antoine Griezmann has been named vice-captain.

The Uruguayan defender has signed an extension that will keep him at the club until 2021, ending worries at the club that he would leave on a free transfer next summer.

His new deal is said to have also removed a €20m release clause, which was said to be activated by Manchester United last week, only for the defender to reject.

The 32-year-old will captain Atleti this season and has played in 350 official games for the Wanda Metropolitano side, helping them to recent success, including the Europa League title last term.

Griezmann to play vice-captain

Gabi left the club this summer and the opening for the position of captain has now been taken by Godin, meaning Griezmann has now been appointed as the defender’s back-up.

The move is being reported as another indication that the French World Cup winner will remain at the club for the foreseeable future after being linked with Barcelona this summer.

The 27-year-old has scored 112 goals in 209 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side since joining from Real Sociedad in 2014 and finished last season with a Europa League and World Cup winners medal.

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