Reports in the Spanish media earlier this week suggested that Atlético striker Diego Forlán wanted to join Real Madrid this winter transfer window. The player has now spoken to AS and denied those claims, assuring fans that he has never thought about going anywhere else.
“It’s true that (Real) Madrid called Miguel Ángel Gil and he told them that I wasn’t for sale, rejecting the offer they had made,” Forlán said. “Then (Gil Marín) contacted my representative to tell him what had happened and to let him know of the decision that had been made.”
When asked if he would have been open to a move across town, the two-time Pichichi winner said, “I’m fine here. I don’t think about the future. Plus, no matter what I say, it will be interpreted incorrectly.
“What I want is for Atlético to qualify for the Champions League. Those who know me know what I think.”
Much has been made about our No. 7’s poor form this season, and his level of commitment is routinely called into question.
“There’s always all kinds of talk,” he said. “I’m very calm and my commitment is the same as always. Just because I’ve had a bad moment doesn’t mean that I’m less committed, I always try to score a lot of goals.”
Speculation about the 31-year-old’s departure has been rampant as the transfer window nears its final hours. The World Cup Golden Ball winner wanted to make it clear that it is the media that is behind all the rumours.
“It’s more the press that looks for my exit. I’m very comfortable. I’ve been here for three years and it has never crossed my mind to leave.
“You (the media), are the ones responsible for making all the noise. We have to focus on getting ourselves ahead. It’s a big club, from the capital, and you have to fill up pages and hours of radio.
“My statements are never considered. It seems as if people know more about me than I do about myself.”
Forlán was cautious about Sunday’s upcoming match against Basque outfit Athletic Bilbao.
“It will be complicated,” he said. “They play well and have a great aerial game. They’re a very strong opponent.”
The striker wanted to communicate his loyalty to the team’s colours ahead of Sunday’s game-day festivities in celebration of “100 Years of Red and White Pride” at the Vicente Calderón.
“If the fans are on top of you, it’s for a reason,” he said. “The first ball I touch I want it to be a goal and if the people react against me, that’s up to them, but the people that know me know that I will always defend this shirt.”