After a summer full of speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Diego Forlan is leaving Atlético. The 32-year-old will transfer to Inter Milan in a deal that, according to Marca, is worth about €5 million.
The funds from the striker’s sale will reportedly bypass Atleti’s bank account however, as they roughly amount to what is owed to the player in wages.
The announcement was made at the Calderón in a farewell press conference featuring both Enrique Cerezo and Forlan. Cerezo told the press, “It is difficult to find a player who has worked so hard and as professionally as Diego, we are proud to have a player like Diego in the history of Atletico Madrid.
Forlan explained how he has formed a bond with the club, “It is hard, I have spent four years here. Atletico Madrid is a team that will always stay with me and I will always keep an eye out for them.” He then paid tribute to the fans, “it was always great to hear the chants of Uruguayo.”
The Uruguayan had been consistently linked with a move away over the past few months after rumours started surfacing that he had been deemed surplus to requirements by the board. The signing of Radamael Falcao seemed to further hasten his exit.
Forlan leaves after 196 appearances and 96 goals and will be remembered fondly for his prolific 2008/09 season when he bagged 35 goals from just 45 matches. His name will forever be linked with the 2010 Europa League triumph and he will be no doubt be considered one of the best strikers in the history of the club.
On behalf of the team at AtleticoFans I would like to thank Forlan for his service to the club and wish him all the best in his new challenge at Inter Milan.