Spurs dealt blow as Diego Godin confirms he will stay at Inter Milan

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Diego Godin has revealed that he is surprised by rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League, per Corriere dello Sport.

A report from Mundo Deportivo earlier this month claimed that both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United were showing an interest in signing the veteran defender.

Godin is 34 and has only spent a season at Inter, making 25 appearances for the Italian club.

The former Atletico Madrid centre-back says that he intends to stay at San Siro, however, and does not intend to complete a transfer at the end of the season.

He said: "The truth is that the rumours about my future away from Milan surprises me a lot.

“Since I have been at Inter, I have always felt good both in the club and with the fans. I feel the trust of the company and here I am at home.

“It never occurred to me to leave Inter. I feel totally part of the project and the dressing room is spectacular.

"My intention is to respect the contract and enjoy this wonderful adventure in Italy and with the Nerazzurri shirt.”

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is a bit of a blow to Spurs.

They will need to sign a central defender this summer if Jan Vertonghen leaves upon the expiration of his contract.

Godin, then, seemed like a genuinely exceptional option.

He may be 34 but he is a seasoned professional and a proven winner – he won La Liga with Atletico, along with the Spanish Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, two Europa League titles, and three UEFA Super Cups.

The defender has also won the Copa America with Uruguay and he would have brought some genuine discipline to Spurs’ back line; he could have been a trusted lieutenant of manager Jose Mourinho.

His quotes are pretty simple to read; he is almost certain to be remaining in Italy.

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