Cagliari Defender Diego Godin: “Almost An Historic Season At Inter, My Departure Was Conte’s Decision”

Cagliari Defender Diego Godin: “Almost An Historic Season At Inter, My Departure Was Conte’s Decision”
April 1, 2021 10:30
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Diego Godin believes Inter came within an inch of making history during his one season with the Nerazzurri.

Inter signed the Uruguay defender on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid in 2019, recruiting Godin to form a mouth-watering defence alongside Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij.

Godin made 36 appearances in all competitions under Antonio Conte, scoring twice, but Inter made the somewhat surprising decision last summer to offload his salary and let him join Cagliari.

“The only thing we didn’t do was win something,” Godin recalled in an interview for Wednesday’s print edition of Gazzetta dello Sport.

“If you think about it, we came second in Serie A and reached the UEFA Europa League final: we were one step away from an historic season.

“Inter hadn’t played a European final for 10 years before last season.”

Asked what didn’t work out on a personal level at Inter, Godin responded: “That’s a question you should ask Antonio Conte, Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio.

“It was a decision from the coach; I’d signed a three-year contract at Inter.”

Godin also offered his thoughts on Radja Nainggolan, another player Inter offloaded to Sardinia during the January transfer window.

“He wanted to still be an important player, everyone likes playing games,” the 35-year-old said of the Ninja.

“Nainggolan came to Cagliari without having played for six months, and then he caught COVID-19: it’s not easy.

“But now he’s getting himself back into form.”

Godin has made 19 appearances for Cagliari this season, who sacked Eusebio Di Francesco and appointed Leonardo Semplici as their new head coach last month.

The Rossoblu are in Serie A’s bottom three with 10 games left, albeit they are only one point behind Torino (who have a game in hand).

By Will Beckman
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