Atlético to bring back Jurado?
Atlético have reportedly contacted former Rojiblanco and current Schalke midfielder José Manuel Jurado, who the club are apparently interested in bringing back to the Vicente Calderón.
Spanish paper AS claims Jurado intends to leave the German outfit this summer, though his contract runs through June of 2014.
The 25-year-old, who left Atleti for the Bundesliga side back in August of 2010 for a fee of €13 million, is disgruntled with his current situation as he is seeing little to no playing time under coach Huub Stevens.
According to the AS report, a move to England is also a rumoured possibility, but because Jurado recently became a father and owns a house in Madrid, it is said he would be very open to the idea of calling the Spanish capital home once again.
A divisive figure while at Atlético, the Spaniard was most appreciated for his efforts in our title-winning Europa League campaign in 2010.
During that season (2009/10), his last full year in red and white, he participated in every single match of all competitions we took part in.
The Real Madrid youth product’s departure was said to have caused a rift between former Atleti coach Quique Sánchez Flores and club directors.
Quique was rumoured to be frustrated with Gil Marín and his cohorts for not signing a replacement for one of the squad’s most crucial members at the time.
While a familiar face and veteran midfielder of Jurado’s stature would likely be viewed as a welcome reinforcement by Atlético fans, that would not be the case if his signing would come at the expense of Diego’s exit, as the AS report states is a strong possibility given the Brazilian’s high salary and the likely hefty buy-out fee that will be demanded by Wolfsburg if we seek to permanently retain the playmaker’s services.
Would you like to see Jurado suit up in red and white again next season?