Wolfsburg's Diego rejects lucrative Qatar move - reports
By Chris Donald
Wolfsburg’s Brazilian midfielder Diego has rejected a lucrative offer from Qatar as he wants to play at Atlético Madrid next season according to reports.
The Seleção international is hoping for a return to the club he helped to Europa League success whilst on loan for the 2011-12 campaign and, claims he has a verbal agreement with the Madrid club should the two clubs be able to agree a transfer fee, reports Football Espana.
The offer from the Qatar Stars League is for reportedly worth €4m-a-year for however many seasons he chooses to remain as a player. Despite it being €1m less per annum than he earns at Wolfsburg - where his contract has just 12 months to run - if the 28-year-old moved to the Middle East then it would set him up financially for the rest of his career.
In previous interviews Diego has explained that his dream is to continue playing in Europe before eventually retiring to Brazil, but he is also very conscious of his family’s wishes and the fact his wife has expressed a desire to remain in Germany.
However, from a football viewpoint he is desperate to return to the Spanish capital and Wolfsburg are believed to be losing patience with him as the club only know about this interest through the media.
The Bundesliga outfit return to pre-season training on June 26 and director of football Klaus Allofs wants to know what Diego’s intentions are personally without having to read it in the media.
“We also have to plan our season,” he commented.