Atlético’s Diego Ribas took to the microphones of Spanish radio station Cadena SER’s ‘El Larguero’ programme for an interview Monday evening.
The midfielder, who excelled at Porto and Werder Bremen before making the move to Juventus in the summer of 2009, explained that his performance declined in Turin because the Bianconeri’s system “did not adapt” to his qualities.
“The strategy in Italy wasn’t favourable to me,” he said.
“I was never comfortable on the pitch.”
The 26-year-old played down the possibility of having an attitude problem, as some have suggested given his turbulent relationship with former coach Felix Magath at Wolfsburg.
Diego described himself as a “calm” individual who likes to spend time with his wife and seven-month-old boy, before admitting he enjoys doing things the average “26-year-old guy does.”
The Brazilian closed out his appearance with a message to Atleti fans.
“There’s no doubt that we will do everything possible to make this a spectacular season and try to achieve a title,” he said.
As far as when we will be able to see our newest acquisition in action, Dani Hidalgo of AS reports that, despite not having featured in a single match in over three months, Diego is at 100 per cent fitness.
The midfielder would reportedly train three times a day over the summer so that he could hit the ground running at his new club.
Manager Gregorio Manzano and his training staff have not ruled out the possibility of Diego taking part in Saturday’s match against Valencia.