Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin 'honored' by interest from Chelsea

Uruguayan central defender says that the Blues made an offer for his services in January and admits to being flattered by reported fresh interest from London club
A move to Chelsea would be a dream for Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan defender Diego Godin, who says he is "honored" by the Blues' interest in him.

The former Villarreal man - who only moved to the Spanish capital at the start of last season – claims he was the subject of a bid by the London club in January.

The center-back starred at last summer's World Cup as Uruguay made the semifinals and says he would be thrilled if a move could materialize this summer.

"In January, Atletico received an offer but the transfer did not happen," Godin is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"They had already sold other players and did not want to weaken the team further then.”

Godin has quickly laid his cards on the table as the Madrid outfit look set to undergo a turbulent summer following the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores and appointment of Gregorio Manzano.

David De Gea, Kun Aguero and Diego Forlan have all also been linked with moves away from Atletico in what could be a dramatic few months at the Vicente Calderon.

"For Chelsea to still be interested in having me is an honor and means I must be playing well,” added 25-year-old Godin.

"Who would not want to play there? To do so would be a step up."

Godin has 43 international caps and would be added to a strong Chelsea central defensive roster which includes John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Alex and David Luiz should a move take place.

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