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ATLETICO DE MADRID THINKING AGAIN ABOUT DIEGO RIBAS

According to Spanish Sports daily "Marca" Atletico de Madrid is rethinking about recovering Brazilian midfielder & German Club Wolfsburg player Diego Ribas for next season. It is also written that Coach Simeone has specifically asked for the return of the Brazilian & this has made it a priority in the offices of the Club. Apparently talks are underway.

The former Atletico number 22, who was on loan at the Spanish Club last season, is a recurring request from " Cholo" (nickname of Simeone) who also requested he stay for this season . However, economic factors like the price the German Club put up complicated a possible transfer operation which forced the player to return to Germany thus putting an end to a successful season on-loan at Atletico de Madrid. However it must be said that the player himself was not flexible either in his economic demands requesting a salary above the majority of current Atletico players & out of reach for the Club.


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But,  as many things in Football,  things have changed since last summer and the return of Diego Ribas to Atletico has again become a real possibility.  The circumstances this time play in favour of  Atletico, the player ends his current contract the 30th of June 2014, which forces the German Club to seriously consider a transfer this upcoming summer or else the player goes free the 1st of January  2014.

The player strongly desires to return to Atletico de Madrid where he played 43 matches & won a Europa League scoring a goal in the Final. The Brazilian left a strong mark on the local fans with his class & play making abilities & felt the warmth of the people & of the city of Madrid.  Plus it looks very much the case that Atletico de Madrid will earn itself a Champions League position for next season which should make it all more attractive for the Brazilian midfielder.

One supposes that talks will advance & that the negotiations will be difficult. Wolfsburg will want to maximize their gains & Atletico will want the player to lower his salary pretensions, another difficult endeavour as the past show that with Diego Ribas it is complicated. We will eventually see how much Diego really misses Atletico de Madrid.

Stay tuned!

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