Domínguez: “I will always carry Atlético in my heart”

The Germany-bound Atleti youth product gave a teary farewell speech at the Calderón

former atletico defender alvaro dominguez says goodbye before leaving for germany

Álvaro Domínguez says goodbye on Thursday

Prior to making his second trip to Germany this week to join new club Borussia Mönchengladbach, now former Atlético defender Álvaro Domínguez paid a visit to the Vicente Calderón on Thursday to bid his boyhood club and its fans an emotional farewell.

The 23-year-old was accompanied by Atleti directors, members of his family and former team-mate and fellow Rojiblanco canterano Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Camacho–now a Málaga player.

Atlético general manager Clemente Villaverde was the first to take the microphone, offering some kind words for the two-time Europa League champion.

“You’re the type of player that embodies all the values that this home has displayed,” said Villaverde.

“You have been a sign and symbol of our history because you have trained and developed yourself with us since you were little.

“I wish you a lot of luck in your new adventure in the Bundesliga, and with the Olympic national team. You know that this is your house and you can return whenever you want.”

Sporting director José Luis Pérez Caminero added: “Within the dressing room, you have shown yourself to be a leader. This is your house. The doors are open to you and this does not end here. You have a long path ahead of you.”

Finally, Álvaro gave his parting words, breaking into tears midway through his speech.

“It has been very nice for me to be here in this home since I was 13,” he said.

“I have felt incredible. These past years we have made Atlético a big [club] in Europe. I hope it continues that way wherever they go.”

He continued: “I’m young, I’m ambitious and I like to try other things and other big leagues. I will always carry this team with me in my heart.

“Germany is a big opportunity for me. I think this is to both Atlético’s and to my benefit. My home will always be here. Wherever I go, I will always take these people, family members and friends, as well as all the fans that have always been good to me, with me.

  • Dircil

    we just lost our finest defender to a crappy bundesliga club. What a shame

  • Borussia no1

    Crappy? Please know the facts German clubs have money from thereself and not money from the Banks!! Shame shame

    Many players will follow….

  • shlomgar

    Hey man, chill. There is a reason why home players are called ‘products’. A Football Club is a business, it creates and develops players and eventually sells some of them.
    And by the way, no Bundesliga club is crappy, all are managed way better then our club for once, and all have opportunity to shine. Not like la liga where you could guess the outcome in it’s beginning

  • Kaminero

    Football clubs becoming businesses is not a norm – it is an aberration. Atlético Madrid were an association for 89 years and have been a business only for 20 years. Turning the club into a company was not the will of the members, it was required by law. The way it was done in the case of Atlético was illegal. There is court ruling in Spain that says so.

  • Yon

    Goodbye Alvaro <3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shlomgar

    Guys, I’m certainly not one of the “rumors persons”, but it seems like a lot of German websites agree that Alvaro’s departure is the sign of Diego’s second coming…

    Most claim an offer of 10 mil would be made and that the only obstacle now is Mr Magath. Or at least that’s what google translate claims…

  • Dircil

    @shlomgar: regarding our predicted upcoming signing of Diego, it would be one of the last bricks of the formation of Atleti squad. Have u heard anything about Botia, after the departing of Domi, we need a decent defender who is at least comparable to Domi. I would love to see our board sign Botia or Mateo Musacchio.

  • Willen


    that’s good news. Hope these rumors are right. Dominguez is ‘a perla’ and only a sign like Diego would be a good reason for it.

  • Calle

    Anyone knows anything about the Malaga-saga? Have they completed the payments to UEFA and to Villareal for Cazorla?

  • shlomgar

    Botia would be a decent signing, but I dont know what it would mean for Pulido. He won’t see any playing time again and would probably end up like Albaro. A club should have one youngster per position in my opinion. And although Cholo is a risk taker with tallents, he would probably act that rule.

    Id like it if we search for another bargain. All this financial talk worries me. A lot of clubs get all kinds of sh**t from these messes.

  • Willen

    English press is strongly considering that Diego Godin might leave for Man City or Chelsea. As we sold Dominguez and Perea we will definitely need to get someone and I count on Botia.

    I’ll leave Godin go. He’s ok to me but no more than this.

  • Dircil

    for anyone who havent watched Cristian “Cebolla” Rodriguez’s performance, here is the compilation of his playing:
    he’s damn fast and has somewhat good finishing skill. I think he might be a reason why our board intends sell Salvio.

  • Dircil
  • shlomgar

    Great. Now spanish press agree there is a deal with Diego but not with Wolfsburg. And English press are sure we are signing GDS.
    Too much stress for me, I’m beginning to feel dizzy…

  • palc

    We’ll sign both. I hope. And Botia. Then I can sleep well again.

  • leika

    Heard that Valentin Viola is Simeones special wish and he will do everything to get the boy here.

  • Edletico

    Leika, Do you know much about him? Keep hearing his name but don’t really know who he is

  • i really hope this is true. And if diego’s coming we would have a really good attack.

  • shlomgar

    By the way, on top of all there is this M.Veloso rumor, that, if true, would be a huge signing.
    He is too good to be in Genoa or Kiev, a strong and tallented DM with huge pass and great long kick. With all do respect, Suarez will never match Veloso’s quality.

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    No doubt it would be lovely to sign Diego and Botia. But when it comes to the signing of Giovanni dos santos i am a bit worried because he hasn’t shown his worth in his 4 years at Spurs. So it would be a Big risk to sign him.

  • @JimboWithTheDancingShoes.

    If we sign Dos Santos it won’t be a risk. He hasn’t shown his worth at SPURS but elsewhere he has shown what he is capable of. On loan at several clubs like at racing he scored 5 in 16 and i dont know what are the other stats but he is a descent player all in all. He has the Atletico soul to be in this team.

    By the way does anyone know if we have finished paid all our “Falcao Debt” to Porto??

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    I would rather see them sign Veloso, then Giovanni dos Santos. we don’t need GDS if we get Diego. Veloso just had a very succesfull European cup both on team basis and on a personal basis. There he showed that he Can play with the Best.

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    @Randy German

    I see your point, but i would still rather keep Salvio and use the 8m. Elswhere.

  • leika

    looks like Atletico staff has listened to me :d (about a week ago I brought out that I would like to see Veloso in our team and now the rumours spread I had a similar effect with Liverpool in 2004 when I put my team together and a year later about 3 of the transfers came true. I am special :D……….nah just kidding and probably a coincidence 😉

  • leika

    and about that Valentin Viola I only know that he is 20 year old attacker/winger playing for Racing in Argentina. He has pretty good technique and finishing skills. Maybe someone who’s closely following the Argentinian league can tell more about him.

  • Dircil

    Assumed that we arrive at signing Diego (on a long-term basis), Veloso and Botia, I strongly believe we r gonna rock in the upcoming season. Btw, I really dont like that Dos Santos dude, I have watched a couple of match in which he played for Barca and what I can tell is he’s just another worse version of Tello. Correct me if I’m wrong

  • Edletico

    Where have these Veloso rumours come form. Haven’t seen anything anywhere

  • Dircil have a look at the clip. He has nothing but speed and somewhat good finishing skills. All I want to say is he just another Cebolla and why the hell we, as claimed by Daily Mail, are gonna pay an amount of 8 mil pounds for such a below-average talent. Have a look at my previous posts in this topic and u can find the compilation of Cebolla’s perfomance and compare it to Gio.

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    I love to see Viola play for atleti !

  • leika

    I really think that Giovani would do well with us and he has showed his potential and talent with Mexico. Only that he hasn’t proven himself on a club basis. It was a wrong step he made to go to England. It’s really harsh for all those skillful and somewhat physically weak players to play there at a young age. He should have stayed in Spain which would have suited him better.

  • leika

    Did we end up NOT getting Diego???