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By ESPN Staff

Godin completes move from Villarreal to Atleti

Uruguay defender Diego Godin has set his sights on winning major silverware with Atletico Madrid after formally completing his move to the Vicente Calderon on Thursday.

The 24-year-old has moved from Villarreal for an initial €8 million and has penned a five-year contract at the capital club.

Godin, who helped his country finish fourth at this summer's World Cup, joined Villarreal in 2007 from Nacional in his homeland and established himself as a regular for the Yellow Submarine.

And he is desperate to build on his promise after joining the ranks of the reigning Europa League champions.

"I want to do well at this club and give titles to the fans. I'm at one of the biggest clubs in Spain and Europe. This opportunity is a challenge for me,'' Godin said.

"I bring many things and want to help a great group here. Winning the Europa League demonstrated that they are a great team, it was not won by chance. I hope I can help Atletico to continue winning titles.

"We know that the struggle in the league will be very hard; the goal is to be in the Champions League.''

He will join up with fellow Uruguay World Cup hero Diego Forlan, and Godin revealed the former Manchester United and Villarreal striker played a guiding role in his move to the Vicente Calderon.

"Diego told me that Atletico is a great team, you demand a lot and want to win every game,'' Godin added. "He stressed that if you give your all on the field and strive in every game, fans will recognise it.''


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