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Diego eyes Atletico return

April 17, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Wolfsburg playmaker Diego has suggested he is not fully happy at the Bundesliga club and would welcome a return to Atletico Madrid.

AssociatedDiego has been linked with a return to Spain

The Brazilian, who won a Europa League medal when spending the 2011-12 season on loan at Atletico, saw his last chance of a trophy this season slip away as Wolfsburg were hammered 6-1 by Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s DFB Pokal semi-final, despite his own superb first-half goal.

He was in downbeat form when speaking with AS after the game, but still sent a message to Colchoneros boss Diego Simeone.

“It is not that I am tired of Wolfsburg, but I am fed up losing,” Diego said. “Atletico is always in my heart.”

Diego, 28, scored six goals in 43 games in his year at the Estadio Vicente Calderon club, including one in their 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the 2012 Europa League final. He then returned to Die Wolfe with Atletico apparently unable to meet his wage demands.

That situation could change this summer however, with Simeone’s side likely to be playing Champions League football next season, and the Argentine coach regularly mentioning how his side have missed Diego’s creativity in midfield this term.

With Wolfsburg still not safe from relegation from the German top flight, such thoughts would have to wait until the end of the season, the former Santos, Porto, Werder Bremen and Juventus player said.

“I am very focused on my team, who I am committed to,” Diego said. “There are still some weeks left until the season ends, we still have lots of things to do.”