Amid conflicting reports across the globe regarding Diego Ribas‘ future, the Brazilian playmaker took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that his “professional relationship” with Atlético had ended, before thanking his club of the past season and its fans.
“Today, my professional relationship with Atlético has ended, but my relationship of love and affection with this club and its marvelous supporters will never end,” wrote Diego.
“Thank you very much everyone.”
Hours earlier, reports had surfaced in the Wolfsburg press claiming the 27-year-old had agreed personal terms with Atleti that would keep the midfielder at the Vicente Calderón for three more years in which he would earn €4 million per season.
However, the article made it clear that Atlético and Wolfsburg officials have not met to hammer out a deal for the former Juventus man, who Die Wölfe want €10 million for.
Meanwhile, German paper Bild claimed Diego’s father was in Moscow negotiating with local outfit Lokomotiv.
In the Americas, Brazilian paper Lance reported that Brasileirão side Flamengo was negotiating directly with Wolfsburg as they look to snatch up “a No. 10”.
Though Diego’s statement sounded very much like a farewell, it must be pointed out that indeed his contractual link to us came to a close on June 30th as per the terms of his one-year loan agreement.
How do you interpret his words? Are you afraid he’s gone for good, or do you think he could be putting pressure on our directors to sign him up soon?