At a press conference in Germany on Friday, Brazilian playmaker Diego announced he will remain with the club that owns his rights: Wolfsburg.
“I will stay at Wolfsburg,” Diego said at a press conference on Friday.
“I am very happy here and I will give my all for this team. I thank Magath for his trust in me and for giving me a second chance here.
“I have made mistakes, but now I am happy to be back. Now, I want to play the best season of my career.”
The confirmation was a huge bummer for Atleti supporters who were still harboring hope that they would see their man in red and white in the UEFA Super Cup and in the upcoming term.
A much-publicised dust-up with coach Felix Magath at the end of the 2010/11 season while with the Bundesliga outfit led to the former Juventus man’s banishment from the squad, a situation that was temporarily resolved with a one-year loan spell at Atlético.
After a remarkable 2011/12 campaign in Madrid that added a European title to the 27-year-old’s account, it seems as if Magath and Wolfsburg officials, lacking reasonable offers for their troubled asset, were compelled to forgive him.
“The decision has been made: Diego will stay with us,” Magath said at Friday’s press conference, before asking his club’s fans to give the midfielder a second chance.
Though it saddens us deeply that Atleti couldn’t make a permanent deal for Diego happen, we would like to thank him for his brilliant season as a Colchonero, a year that has been etched into our hearts and into the Rojiblanco record books–capped off by his memorable goal in the Europa League final against Athletic Bilbao.