Atletico Madrid keen to re-sign Diego
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone wants to re-sign Brazilian midfielder Diego from Wolfsburg in January, an agent close to the player's father has claimed.
Diego, 27, was a success on loan at Atletico last season, scoring a fine solo goal in their Europa League final victory, but returned to the Bundesliga club in the summer after talks over a permanent move broke down - reportedly over his wage demands.
On Thursday, agent Jose Maria Martin, an executive at leading international agents Bahia Internacional, told Spanish TV show Punta Pelota the player could soon return to the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
"Diego's father has received a call from Atleti," he said. "Wolfsburg are having a dreadful season and have fired [former coach Felix] Magath.
"At Christmas, or at the end of the season, Diego could sign for Atleti. His family like the idea."
Martin said Simeone was keen to the get the player back quickly to help Los Colchoneros push for success on all fronts this year.
"Simeone is very insistent about it," he said. "The coach thinks that, with the Brazilian, he would have a squad to aspire to everything."
Diego made 39 appearances for Atletico last season, scoring six goals and notching up ten assists, and the side appeared to miss his creativity when he was absent through injury.
However, they have not missed him too much this season, and are currently joint top of the Primera Division, winning eight of their first nine games.