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Uruguay’s Godin ends contract in Brazil after 9 matches

June 20, 2022 GMT
Uruguay President Luis Lacalle Por, left, and Uruguay players Fernando Muslera, Diego Godin, and coach Diego Alonso, hold the national flag before a friendly soccer match against Panama at Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, June 11, 2022. Uruguay played its last game before going to the World Cup in Qatar. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Uruguay President Luis Lacalle Por, left, and Uruguay players Fernando Muslera, Diego Godin, and coach Diego Alonso, hold the national flag before a friendly soccer match against Panama at Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, June 11, 2022. Uruguay played its last game before going to the World Cup in Qatar. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Uruguay President Luis Lacalle Por, left, and Uruguay players Fernando Muslera, Diego Godin, and coach Diego Alonso, hold the national flag before a friendly soccer match against Panama at Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, June 11, 2022. Uruguay played its last game before going to the World Cup in Qatar. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Uruguay President Luis Lacalle Por, left, and Uruguay players Fernando Muslera, Diego Godin, and coach Diego Alonso, hold the national flag before a friendly soccer match against Panama at Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, June 11, 2022. Uruguay played its last game before going to the World Cup in Qatar. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Uruguay President Luis Lacalle Por, left, and Uruguay players Fernando Muslera, Diego Godin, and coach Diego Alonso, hold the national flag before a friendly soccer match against Panama at Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay, Saturday, June 11, 2022. Uruguay played its last game before going to the World Cup in Qatar. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Uruguay defender Diego Godín and Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro ended their contract six months early on Monday.

The 36-year-old Godin, who signed in January, played nine matches for the club in five months.

Brazilian media reported Godín was expected to join Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield so he can play more often.

Godin joined Atlético Mineiro after being released from Italy’s Cagliari. He did not discuss his future on Monday. He said on Instagram he was leaving with the satisfaction of giving “the best in every moment, with a lot of professionalism, and respecting all these great people I will never forget.”

The veteran defender is expected to play in his the fourth World Cup in Qatar. Uruguay is in Group H with Portugal, South Korea and Ghana.

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