Wolfsburg make dig at Atlético's Diego chase
By Chris Donald
Wolfsburg director of football Mike Schussler has had a dig at Atlético Madrid as the Spanish side again chase Brazilian midfielder Diego.
The Seleção international helped Atlético to win the Europa League in the 2011/2012 season while on loan at the Vicente Calderon, but returned to the Bundesliga last summer after the clubs failed to agree terms over a permanent transfer.
However, the Madrid club are again making noises about bringing the 28-year-old back to Spain, although Schussler believes the player will stay at Wolfsburg.
Schussler then delivered a thinly-disguised dig at Atlético, reports Football Espana.
“Maybe their interest is not so great. Or it could be they can’t afford this transfer,” Schussler told Wolfsburg Allgemeine Zeitung.
Wolfsburg manager Klaus Allofs also wants the Brazilian to remain at the Bundesliga club.
Allofs said: “Our intention is that Diego continues with us and we are not worried.”
Although the player has never publicly acknowledged he would like a return to Atlético, it is believed he would prefer to play Champions League football next term.
It is reported Diego feels Champions League football will help improve his chances of cementing a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad for next year’s world cup in his native country.