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Uruguay defender Godin extends Atletico contract to 2018

Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin (L) and Espanyol's Simao Sabrosa fight for the ball during their Spanish first division soccer match at Vicent
Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin (L) and Espanyol's Simao Sabrosa fight for the ball during their Spanish first division soccer match at Vicent

MADRID (Reuters) - Uruguay defender Diego Godin has agreed to extend his contract with Atletico Madrid by three years to June 2018, the La Liga club said on Friday.

A fixture at center back under coach Diego Simeone alongside Brazil international Miranda, the 27-year-old Godin has made a key contribution to Atletico's success since he joined from Villarreal in 2010.

"This is my home," he said on the club's website (www.clubatleticodemadrid.com).

"They make me feel amazing even though I am a long way from my country, from my home, from my friends," he added.

"We are building a group, strong and solid, based on togetherness, work and solidarity.

"That is not easy to achieve and shows how serious the club is and that they want to take this project forward. It gives all the players a lot of confidence."

King's Cup winners last season, Atletico have begun their latest La Liga campaign in imperious form with 10 wins in 11 matches and are second, a point behind unbeaten champions Barcelona.

(Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Alison Wildey)

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