Diego rules out Atletico return

Wolfsburg midfielder Diego has ruled out a return to Atletico Madrid, where he spent last season on loan.

The Brazilian was strongly linked with a move back to the Vicente Calderon in the summer after helping Los Rojiblancos to a Europa League title and a top-six finish.

However, in an interview on Cadena Ser’s Play Futbol programme Diego claimed there had been no contact between the clubs and he is now fully focused on the Bundesliga.

“My life is in Germany and I’m not thinking of a return. There has never been any contact. I’m very focused here and my team needs me to be okay,” said the 27-year-old, who admitted he was not surprised at the great season Atleti are having.

“They are having a fantastic campaign but it’s no surprise as I know the quality of the players and Coach. It gives me great pleasure to know they are doing so well.

“[Atletico Coach] Simeone always says very clearly what he thinks. We had a tremendous relationship and as well as being a friend he is one of the best Coaches around.

“It was a great to work with him and I wish him all the luck in the world.”

Diego also spoke about the strength of the Bundesliga and feels it is getting better all the time.

“I have no doubt it is one of the strongest Leagues in the world because of the organisation, fans, stadiums and atmosphere…it’s a spectacular thing for a player.

“The level is very good and is still improving, so I hope to carry on here a little longer,” he added.

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