Manchester United will have to turn their attention elsewhere in terms of defender targets after Louis van Gaal's number one on his wishlist, Diego Godin, confirmed his desire to stay with Atletico Madrid in La Liga, reports the Daily Express.
With a large £28.5 million buy-out clause, it was a figure that the United boss was willing to reach in order to solve the current defensive crisis at Old Trafford with the high experience of Godin as a handful of World Cup performances, a La Liga title and a Champions League runners up medal to his name.
With the only remaining targets set to join the club being Benedikt Howedes and fellow Atletico Madrid central defender Miranda, Louis van Gaal's January business looks to be set in stone as both Schalke and Atletico accepting bids from the Red Devils.
But one defender that won't be on the next plane to Manchester airport is Diego Godin who has strongly admitted his desire to stay with the current La Liga champions.
"Time will tell, it is difficult to know where I will be playing in the future but I would like to stay many years with Atletico.
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"At this point, I feel that I'm in the best time of my career and I see my retirement as a long way off," as he hinted at a possible move to another club in the future.
After arriving from Villarreal in 2010, he has since appeared in 135 games for Atletico, scoring nine goals whilst he has earned 86 caps for his country with four goals.
While a future at Manchester United seems to have been put on hold for the 28-year-old, he admitted he would like to arrive at the club when they have returned to playing in their former formidable fashion.
"I want to be glorious. Maybe when they have a title, we shall see," as the Uruguayan further hinted at a possible move in the future to the Red Devils.
With their form on the rise, a chance to claim the title once again seems to be in touching distance, and while that may not be realistic this season due to Chelsea's sheer superiority, Louis van Gaal has an entire summer to bolster his squad even more to prepare for a feisty title clash next season which could see Godin arrive at Old Trafford in the space of the next two years.
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