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Diego Forlan has said today, in no uncertain terms, that if he is allowed to, he would leave Atletico Madrid. The reason for his desired departure can’t be known for sure, but it seems he has become bored and frustrated with life in Los Rojiblancos. He also said he feels no sense of loyalty to Atletico, or any club in Europe for that matter, as his home is in Uruguay and always will be. In my opinion, the reason he would like to return to England isn’t wrapped up in some sort of homesickness, but a desire to make up for his failings in the Manchester United jersey. At Manchester, Forlan struggled to adapt to the English game, looking out of place, and scoring few goals. Forlan is a man with wounded pride, and he needs to go back to England to prove that he can make it there as a striker, putting to rest the questions about his quality.
Having been previously linked to Tottenham Hotspur, a charge Forlan denies, it seems likely that a return to England is within the realm of possibility. While Atletico will not want to let there top scorer go lightly, the precedent, set by Macherano and Ronaldo, of players getting to go when they please, regardless of their contractual obligations will figure prominently in the managements minds. If he were to move to Tottenham, and its a big if, it would be interesting to see if he could work with Keane and Crouch to put together the kind of incisive attack that could move them into top 4 form. That is, if he can edge out Van der Vaart and Pavulychenko for a place in the first team. For my part, I’d like to see him go to Blackburn.
He’d be able to crack the first team, and get a run in a side that a decidedly more Spanish flavor to their play, but for the moment, he will have to content to stay at Madrid, score a few goals, and maybe win some silverware.

Not a bad life.

Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com


About the author: Matthew Wall


I've played soccer since I could walk thanks to my father and love keeping up on all the latest gear and gab. I'm in my twenties, and I'm lucky enough to have found work in search marketing for a leading soccer retailer after completing my M.A. at Georgetown in 2008. My team is Liverpool, and national side is Ireland, but I've also got a passion for GAA and a number of sports. Feel free to give me a shout on Google+


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