Diego: “I was very eager to play for Atlético”

The midfielder was presented before a crowd of about 2,000 Atleti fans on Thursday

Diego greets the crowd at the Calderón  (clubatleticodemadrid.com)

Diego greets the crowd at the Calderón

Atlético’s final signing of the summer transfer window arrived in Madrid Thursday morning and hasn’t had a moment of rest since.

Diego, who joined Atleti on loan for one season from Wolfsburg, flew in from Germany following a tense day of negotiations in a deal that came down to the wire.

After leaving the airport, the 26-year-old passed a medical and was formally presented at the Vicente Calderón.

The playmaker was accompanied by sporting director José Luis Caminero and Rojiblanco midfield legend Roberto Marina.

“I’m very happy,” Diego said.

“The last two days have been a bit difficult. I was very eager to play here. I’ve always said it. It’s a perfect combination because I am at a great club.”

The Brazilian then talked about some of the reasons why he joined los Colchoneros.

“Because of how big the club is, because of the fans and because of the league, which is very competitive,” he explained.

The former Juventus man was asked if one of his goals is to return to the Brazilian national team.

“It’s an important objective of mine but I have to take things slowly,” he responded.

“I have to return to a high level of football, and for that I have to work 110 per cent. I’m at a big club that can help me achieve this. We have a great squad with a great coach and great players.

“First, I want to think about Atlético and to have a good season here.”

The footballer described himself as a player that has “the quality of a number 10, with good goal scoring ability, technique and shooting skills.”

“I know how to play football to win,” he said.

“I want to win all the matches I play in. I hope to win titles and that we can play in Champions League next season.”

Diego was questioned about whether Atleti could compete with the two giants of La Liga.

“We have a lot of quality here and we don’t have to think about Real Madrid and Barcelona,” he said.

“We know they are two very powerful clubs. We have to focus on our strength because we’re 11 versus 11 and we have to work with that mindset in place.”

After he was unveiled in the press room, Diego changed into his new No. 22 Atlético kit and took to the grounds of the Calderón where a crowd of about 2,000 fans awaited him.

  • starvs

    If he returns to form we gonna be goooood.

  • John greece

    I’m the only one who sees that a box to box midfielder is desperately needed?Tiago Gabi and Mario are for other purposes…there will surely be a problem in that area…

  • Urban

    Change of topic: any chance to see the goals from today?

    Btw we won 3:0 😀 As reports that pizzi owned the game.

  • starvs

    John, Koke!

  • Xisco

    No John ,you’re not only one who sees that, we had one, Elias (who never really got a chance), who would have been perfect , but what can we do. The transfer window is close, so the only alternative is promoting someone from the cantera.

  • k14

    we have Gabi, Tiago, Mario, Asunssao and koke to fill those 2 spots, I cant see this problem your trying to address.

  • Edletico

    I though Gabi was a box to box midfielder anyway, plus Tiago and Koke can play that role

  • Sebyk

    Does anybody know if there is finally any buyout clause in the loan?

  • k14


    It should be 3 mil for the loan, and 7 mil buyout clause.
    Thats what I read about this deal somewhere.

  • Edletico

    I hope you are correct but there seems to be no conclusive evidence about a buy out clause anywhere, would appreciate it if you could find that link. Although, if he has a good season with us I can’t see why he would want to go anywhere else anyway

  • k14
  • Edletico

    Oh yeah, cheers, hopefully they are correct. If he puts in the effort then he could be worth double that at the end of the season