Former Atletico Madrid Forward Diego Costa Signed A New Contract

Former Atletico Madrid Forward Diego Costa Signed A New Contract
Former Atletico Madrid Forward Diego Costa Signed A New Contract

 

Ex Chelsea and Atlético de Madrid striker Diego Costa has signed a new contract with Brazilian Atlético Mineiro, ending his eight-month period without a club. The Spanish international striker left Atlético de Madrid in December after asking the club to terminate his contract with the club.

It was his second spell in the La Liga team, but he fell out of favor after rejoining Chelsea in 2017. Diego Costa’s new club, Atlético Mineiro, is five points clear at the top of Serie A in Brazil. Brazil has now returned to its home team.

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Costa played two friendlies with Brazil in March 2013, before granting Spanish nationality, and stated that he wanted to play international soccer with Spain later that year. He won two Premier League titles during his three seasons with Chelsea, scoring 59 goals in 120 games.

But his spell ended badly for the player, as then-head coach Antonio Conte told him via text message that he was not part of his plans for the following season. Costa refused to return to Chelsea from his home in Brazil after being told to train with the reserves and was later sold back to Atlético de Madrid.

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Injuries limited him to just 43 league starts in three years, during which time he scored just 12 goals, and he asked to leave the club “for personal reasons.”