Striker Diego Costa has officially left Atletico Madrid as a free agent following the termination of his contract. The statement was released on Tuesday morning which confirmed that the striker had requested his release and the club had agreed.
The former Chelsea forward’s deal with the La Liga giant was due to expire in June 2021 but he has ask the club to end his stay due to personal reasons.
Aged 32, Costa has fallen from prominence at the club in recent times following the summer arrival of Luis Suarez from Barcelona, who is now the preferred central striker alongside Joao Felix in attack.
It is claimed that whilst personal reasons are the official reason for Costa wanting a move, his primary concern is a lack of first-team football and would want guarantees at his next club.
Costa originally joined Atletico in 2006 aged just 17 and scored 43 goals in 94 appearances for the club between 2010 and 2014.
He helped Simeone’s side to the Spanish title in 2014 with 27 goals but missed out on that year’s Champions League with an extra-time defeat to Real Madrid in Lisbon.
He joined Chelsea in 2014 in a £34.2m deal and went on to score 58 goals in 120 appearances for the club, winning two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
However, he was frozen out at the club by Conte in the summer of 2017 and returned to Atletico in a £54m deal the following January.