“It’s for sure that my son will not be staying at Atlético,” assured Pablo Forlán, father of striker Diego Forlán, to Uruguayan radio station 1410 AM Libre on Friday.
Citing Sergio Aguero’s messy departure to Manchester City, Pablo is worried his son will not be given a proper send-off from the club, as he feels “Atlético’s directors don’t coddle their stars.”
The striker’s dad said Cachavacha would be open to a move to rumoured destination Inter Milan, “because it’s a great club.”
“His representative is negotiating in Milan, and Diego is eagerly awaiting the deal to be resolved,” the elder Forlán was quoted as saying by Spanish paper AS.
“But, we all know the steps to these triangles. If Eto’o’s [move] is finalised, it’s almost certain that Diego will go to Inter. While there’s no reason to rush things, there’s a certain level of anxiousness for everything to be resolved.
“Diego is unhappy with Atlético Madrid because he has given everything, he has been professional and the club has not responded likewise,” he said.
It’s no small secret that, in recent years, the two-time European Golden Shoe winner has had a rocky relationship with the Colchonero faithful.
“It’s possible the fans felt he had the wrong attitude towards them, and I respect that, but I’m convinced that he gave much more than what he got back in return,” Pablo Forlán said.
“I think Atletico should coddle their stars a little more, they didn’t do that with ‘Kun’, and they aren’t doing it with Diego.
“A clear example is that Real Madrid buys in order to improve, while Atletico sells, and doesn’t invest in winning the league. Instead of corralling their idols and keeping them there, they sell them.”
The former Uruguay national team defender seems convinced that, even if the Rojiblanco attacker’s move to the Italian giants falls through, he will not be around at the Vicente Calderón for the 2011/12 campaign.
“If Diego doesn’t go to Inter, he’ll go to another club,” he said.
“I don’t know which one, but what’s for sure is that he will not be staying at Atletico.”
According to AS reporter Daniel Hidalgo, Atleti have a contingency plan set in place in the event Forlán’s exit materialises.
“At this point it looks like they’re going to let him leave and get Pizzi and/or Diego to make the team more 4-3-3 friendly,” wrote Hidalgo via Twitter.