Diego: ‘Juve disrespected me’

Posted on 28/08/2010


After his transfer to Wolfsburg, Diego has angrily blamed Juventus directors for “kicking me out against Gigi Del Neri’s wishes. I expected more respect.”

The Brazilian had looked set to stay in Turin, but completed his €16m transfer on Friday after just one year at the club.

“I wasn’t the one to leave. It was Juve who kicked me out,” he declared in a Press conference.

“At Juventus there was a project that I was not considered to be a part of. That’s fine, a player like me will always have his space in football.

“To be honest, I am not remotely upset to have left. It’s just a shame for the Juve fans, who I must thank for their respect and affection towards me.

“Juventus were not clear. It was not the club who told me of the sale, but FIFA agent Giacomo Petralito, so only afterwards did I talk to director general Beppe Marotta. I expected more respect.”

It was a particularly surprising transfer considering how adamant Del Neri had been that Diego would remain.

“Del Neri was always very clear with me and wanted me to stay. It seems as if none of the people who run the club listened to him and I never understood why they went against his wishes.”