Diego: “Atlético is my present and my future”

The Brazilian playmaker played down speculation of a possible return to Germany

Diego at Thursday's press conference  (clubatleticodemadrid.com)

Diego at Thursday's press conference

Atlético Madrid midfielder Diego Ribas, on loan from Wolfsburg through the end of the season, gave a press conference on Thursday during a club promotional event.

The 26-year-old addressed questions regarding some comments made by Werder Bremen sporting director Klaus Allofs.

Allofs told German paper Bild his club would be interested in signing their former idol, who scored 38 goals in 84 appearances with Bremen before Juventus snatched him up in a big-money deal back in 2009.

“We had a great time with Diego and he always behaved very professionally,” Allofs said.

“A transfer seems difficult at the moment, but we will definitely look into it if the opportunity arises.”

Diego, however, assured reporters at Atleti’s training facilities in Majadahonda that he doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

“Atlético is my present and my future,” he said.

“It’s a stage in which I am devoting my strength to help Atleti achieve their objectives. When the season ends we’ll see, but right now I am only thinking about Villarreal.

“I have a great deal of respect for this team.”

The Brazilian was then asked about his private chats with coach Diego Simeone on the training field.

“It’s so that we can get to know each other better,” Diego said.

“The most important thing is to have the intelligence to use our skills in a way that favours the club, that’s what he told me.

“To worry about doing my job well so that the result will be better.”

Asked about how he feels about Simeone, the playmaker responded: “Very good.”

He continued: “I’m in a slightly different position, but I don’t care. Right now, what’s important is to win.

“Simeone is doing some very important physical and psychological work.”

Do you think Diego could be on his way out in the summer, or do you think we’ll be able to sign him to a permanent deal? Should we keep him for the long term? Are you happy with his output, or has he disappointed you?

  • Bernados

    Diego shall go to WERDER! It’s his team!

  • SoLobo

    And that ‘s your opinion, Bernados! And it ‘s not the same opinion as his, thankfully! What does Diego mean when he says that he plays in a slightly different position? He is a playmaker and he plays as a playmaker, no?

  • ali_

    i want him to stay. he’s doing great i think. if we let him go, we wont get an other player like him.

  • Ringo

    Wasn’t he a little deeper before?

    I’d like him to stay, but he’ll have to up his pace of play. Individually he’s doing pretty well, but, perhaps it’s the whole team’s fault, I don’t know, he needs to pass the ball sooner at times. It’s one of his duties to make the whole team play better as a whole. Hopefully with Simeone steering the wheel, this could finally happen.
    I know he’s got it in him, it’s probably one of the reasons he was able to score that much while at Werder. A better team makes you better and gives you more space.

  • Davide

    I am not sure about Diego’s future att Atlético. He has both his positives and negatives. I do agree with alot of readers that Diego has a bad habit of holding on to the ball a bit too long, so resulting in attacks and counterattacks slowing down and loosing momentum.

    On the other hand, he has got immaculate skills in not giving away possession and his technical ability gets him out of tight spots with the ball still attached to his foot giving the team longer offensive spells.

    He also has great corners, freekicks and passing ability.

    I guess it’s all up to what direction and brand of football Atlético will be adapting under Cholo and if the coach will be staying on for the next season.

    Possession play = Diego irreplaceable..

    Counterattacking and fast ball movement= Diego has to go..

  • 7th

    I wanna have all three coke on the picture.

  • diego rel dred doe let him go