Diego Godin announces Atletico Madrid departure after nine years

first_img Reuters MadridMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 17:28 IST Diego Godin broke down in tears as he announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDiego Godin announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine yearsGodin has played 387 matches for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010Godin didn’t say where he will go but reports suggest that he may join Inter MilanAtletico Madrid captain Diego Godin is leaving the club after nine years when his contract expires in June, the Uruguayan defender said at a news conference on Tuesday, fighting to hold back tears.Godin, 33, has played 387 times for Atletico since joining from Villarreal in 2010, scoring 27 goals – including famously clinching the club’s first La Liga title in 18 years with a header in a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in 2014.Godin did not say where he is going, but numerous Spanish media have reported that he is on his way to Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.”I’m a little nervous, much more than I am before a game, but I have called everyone here to inform you that these are my final days at the club,” Godin said.Atletico president Enrique Cerezo added: “We are here to say goodbye to an Atletico legend. You have been a vital part of this great era for the club, with your efforts and your goals, like the one which gave us the title at the Nou Camp.”You have fought in a thousand battles and defended the club’s shirt in every game and you have worn the captain’s armband. Wherever you end up, Atletico wishes you a lot of luck. Atletico is your family, the Wanda Metropolitano is your home.”OFFICIAL: Atlético legend Diego Godín will leave the club in the summer after 9 successful seasons. #UCL pic.twitter.com/uQKSh7mDHgUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019© CAPTAINEXAMPLELEADERU RU GUA YO!DETERMINATIONCOMMITMENTLEGEND9 seasons in Red & White#GraciasGodín!#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/jNHZCoAV76advertisementAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 7, 2019In addition to the La Liga triumph, Godin won two Europa League titles, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup and three UEFA Super Cups with Atletico as well as reaching the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals, only to lose both times to Real.Godin’s departure will leave another hole in Atletico’s defence, with France international Lucas Hernandez already agreeing to join Bayern Munich in June after they paid his 80 million euro release clause.Also Read | Manchester United’s top four ambition a disappointment in itself: Ashley YoungFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Diego GodinFollow Atletico MadridFollow LA Liga Diego Godin announces Atletico Madrid departure after nine yearsDiego Godin said that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after nine years when his contract expires in June. He hasn’t announced where he will go but Spanish media have reported that he may be on his way to Inter Milan.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Despite setbacks Kaushal gang still continues to prove tricky proposition

first_imgGurugram: The Faridabad Police on Saturday made a big headway when they arrested two persons including the wife of gangster Kaushal involved in gunning down Haryana Congress spokesperson Vikas Chaudhary in broad daylight in Faridabad on Thursday.The arrests, however, again showed how dangerous the criminal activities of Kaushal gang is in the area of South Haryana and neighbouring South West Delhi. According to sources, such as the audacity of the gangster that he used the example of the brutal murder of the Congress leader to extort money from his other victim and that too from outside the country. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe terror of Kaushal gang can be gauged from the fact that in just this year itself there have been four murders that have occurred on Gurugram. Just as in the case of Vikas Chaudhary the victims were gunned down in the busy streets. In one of the murders, the sharpshooters pumped 12 bullets into the body of a village head in Manesar. The increased number of criminal incidents had resulted in the special task force and Gurugram Police training their guns on weakening the ground and in this year itself, 44 people from his gang have been arrested. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDespite the setbacks, the 38-year-old who is based in Dubai continues to be a challenge for the law enforcement officials. In December 2016, he jumped parole when he was let out of Bhondsi jail. The son of a property dealer in Naharpur Rupa village in Gurugram, Kaushal used to sell and fix submersible pumps. His started his criminal activities in 2004, in a land dispute with gangster Sudesh alias Chhelu. Their fight resulted in 9 murders, who stopped on December 12, 2006, when Kaushal’s men shot dead Chhelu in police custody at Rajiv Chowk. Meanwhile, the rivalry between the city’s two biggest gangsters, Binder Gujjar and Sandeep Gadoli, appeared to have ended, after Gadoli was eliminated by Gurugram Police in Mumbai on February 7, 2016. Kaushal then teamed up with Surender Gang to murder Gujjar’s brother Manish and aide named Mahesh Attack in March 2017. Gang was hoping to eliminate his rivals to expand his gambling and illicit liquor businesses in Gurugram. He was eventually killed in an encounter in Karnal in April 2017. To eliminate his rivals, Kaushal also joined hands with the Rajesh Bharti gang but Bharti and his aides Sanjeet Badro and Umesh Don who were recently eliminated by Delhi Police in Chhattarpur.last_img read more