Atletico Madrid officially unveil Diego Costa

Jan 02, 2018, 06:20
Atletico Madrid officially unveil Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has revealed his hopes that former Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann will be able to play together for an extended period, in response to the transfer rumours surrounding the latter.

Speaking after he was unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player, Costa spoke very highly of his time in London.

Costa, 29, helped Chelsea to the Premier League title last season but his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge came to an acrimonious end.

"They made my life easier".

"I learned English there", he laughed, according to Marca.

Manager Antonio Conte told Costa early in the summer he was not part of his plans, but Costa spurned offers from elsewhere to focus on Atletico - despite knowing the club's transfer ban would prevent him signing in the summer window. "Al Ahly has some good players in their squad and Im happy to face a club with this stature".

He was officially presented alongside fellow Spain team mate Vitolo - who signed from Sevilla in July for £35.5m - before an open training session at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, which local media said 20,000 supporters attended.

Atletico are second in the league but Costa's return can not come soon enough for Diego Simeone's side who are nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona and had their confidence rocked by elimination from the Champions League group stage. "But I thank him for his commitment and behaviour during the season".

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