Atletico cool on Diego return

Brazilian midfielder Diego's hopes of a return to Atletico Madrid now look slim after a row over a bonus payment, reports Marca.

The 27-year-old spent last season with Los Rojiblancos on a season-long loan from Wolfsburg, helping them to Europa League success and European qualification, and was looking forward to a possible return to the Vicente Calderon.

However, he has since denounced Atleti for non-payment of a €60,000 bonus due to every squad member, even though it had been agreed that the money would be paid on a deadline set for the summer.

After the payment arrived on time Diego was then forced to withdraw his claim, but the matter has left a nasty taste in the mouths of the Atleti hierarchy and could possibly have scuppered his chances of a return to the Spanish capital.

Club officials are surprised at the way Diego has reacted since his return to the Bundesliga outfit, where he fell out with Coach Felix Magath before the start of the 2011-112 campaign, and they are now believed not to not see eye-to-eye with the footballer.

If Diego’s future was in the hands of Wolfsburg previously then it now appears he could be resigned to having to reluctantly continue his career at the Volkswagen Arena.

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