Diego stay possible on Magath's terms
Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath is ready to give Brazilian playmaker Diego a second chance after he walked out of a team meeting ahead of Saturday's crunch Bundesliga game with Hoffenheim.
A furious Magath on Sunday indicated the club were considering legal action against the 26-year-old over his actions, but in the event he was subject only to a formal warning and an unspecified fine. It now seems the coach is prepared to move on from the incident, providing there is no repeat.
"If someone makes a mistake, that doesn't interest me. I'm prepared to work together with anyone but it must be clear that he is willing to do things my way,'' Magath said. "Those with a different opinion are going to have it tough.''
The former Porto and Werder Bremen star left the team's hotel after learning he would only be on the bench for Saturday's match and did not make contact with any Wolfsburg officials until reporting for training on Sunday. Diego, a club-record signing from Juventus last summer, has a contract until 2014 and has indicated his willingness to work through any issues with the club.
"It's my problem, our problem,'' he said. "We need to sit down together and solve this.''
Despite the distraction of Diego's no-show, there was nevertheless joy and relief for the 2009 champions on Saturday with their 3-1 victory over Hoffenheim sealing their Bundesliga status on the final day of the season.
Diego added: "I have a contract in Wolfsburg. The most important thing though is that we avoided relegation and can now start thinking about next season.''