Thu, 26 May 2022

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Uruguay international defender Diego Godin has promised to return to peak form after joining Atletico Mineiro from Cagliari.

The 35-year-old signed a one-year contract with the reigning Brazilian Serie A champions, having parted ways with the Italian club by mutual consent in December.

"I'm not the player I was when I was 25, for obvious reasons, but I continue to have the same desire and energy. I also have qualities that I didn't have when I was 20 years old," Godin told reporters on Friday.

"I feel good and I'm sure that in a winning team, with great players and professionals around me, I'll get back to my best level."

Capped 153 times for Uruguay, Godin made 40 appearances across all competitions for Cagliari following his September 2020 move from Inter Milan.

"It was a difficult year at Cagliari, where collectively the team didn't get results," he said. "We were unable to get any level of consistency. The changing of managers also didn't help. The collective [form] and the individual performances of the vast majority of players suffered, honestly."

Godin said he would make an effort to learn Portuguese and adapt to Brazilian culture.

"I promise to learn Portuguese little by little, to have a good rapport with the fans. It's important to me," the center-back said.

"When I took the decision to leave Cagliari there were proposals [from other clubs]. But I talked to [Atletico], who showed interest and the desire to have me here. We reached an agreement quickly."

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