Diego set for Wolfsburg stay
Wolfsburg playmaker Diego is set to remain at the Bundesliga club despite being linked with a return to Atletico Madrid.
On Wednesday, AS quoted him as saying he was "fed up [with] losing" at Wolfsburg and that Atletico "is always in my heart".
Having spent the 2011-12 season on loan at Atletico, winning the Europa League, the Brazilian's comments sparked speculation that he was set to re-sign for the Madrid side.
But he said: "Klaus Allofs [the general manager] and Dieter Hecking [Wolfsburg boss] are relying on me next season. That's what they told me a few days ago. I am very thankful for this. It is good to know that now."
Diego has one year remaining on his current deal at Wolfsburg and has hinted he could stay beyond that, adding: "I believe we will talk again after this season. Now work needs to be done to make this team stronger."
The midfielder was on target in the DFB-Pokal semi-final against Bayern on Tuesday as Wolfsburg lost 6-1, but said he hoped the club could return to the top and play in more such games in the future.
"Those are the special games I want to play many more of," he said. "I want to be important for the team and help to close in on the top again."
Wolfsburg, meanwhile, are busy making plans for next season, according to reports. On Thursday, kicker linked them with a move for Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Kevin Volland.
The 20-year-old has impressed in his Bundesliga debut season, scoring five goals and setting up a further ten.
Several Bundesliga clubs are interested in recruiting the youngster, and kicker claims the absence of European football means Wolfsburg are not his top priority.