Friday, January 22

Diego Costa asks to leave Atlético de Madrid

Atlético de Madrid forward Diego Costa

Atlético de Madrid forward Diego Costa

Diego Costa, Atlético de Madrid forward, has asked the rojiblanco club to leave in the next winter market, which begins on January 4, for family reasons, as the newspaper ‘AS’ advanced this Sunday and was able to confirm EFE.

The future of the Spanish-Brazilian attacker, for sale during the last market ended in October and that ends the contract on June 30, is again in doubt at Atlético, whose leaders will assess this Monday the request of the rojiblanco ’19’ after a conversation with the footballer.

Diego Costa has played this season seven games and has scored two goals, after missing twelve games – six in the League and six in the Champions League – due to a muscle injury, first, and a venous thrombosis in one leg, later.

On December 19 he reappeared in LaLiga Santander with a goal against Elche. “Life hits me, but I always get up, because I have a family, a base, and my colleagues, physios, doctors are by my side. When I’m not, I try to contribute to the maximum. It is not being easy, since I am here (his return in 2018) something always happens to me, but I always get up, “he told ‘Movistar’ then.

Among the injuries, the forward has not yet managed to regain the level he exhibited in the first stage in his second stage, despite the confidence of Argentine coach Diego Simeone in him.

Diego Costa was a crucial, indisputable and incontestable part of everything that the rojiblanco team has grown in recent times, of the leap it made in 2012-13 and the greatest milestone of the Argentine coach at the head of the bench in 2013-14, when his team defeated Barcelona and the Real Madrid and conquered the League. Diego Costa scored 27 goals in that championship.

It was also essential in the Copa del Rey won against the Whites at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium a year earlier, in 2012-13, also on May 17, like La Liga. His was one of the goals of the decisive match in Chamartín. Then, Brazilian Joao Miranda contributed the winning goal in extra time. That course contributed 20 targets.

All this in the first stage at the club, with 64 goals in 134 games (he also played for the team in 2010-11, after his first years of transfers to Albacete and Celta and his transfer with buy-back in a season to Valladolid, apart from the semester he played on loan in 2011-12 at Rayo Vallecano), before his transfer to Chelsea and his return in September 2017 to the Madrid team.

It has not been as expected his return, but even so has been key in the last two titles won by Atlético: in the 2018 Europa League and, above all, in the European Super Cup that his team won against Real Madrid in Tallinn, because he was the leader, he was a double scorer and he was the best of the match.

But his transcendent moments have so far been specific throughout this last three-year journey at the club, marked by injuries that they have not allowed him to enjoy such vital constancy for a footballer like him. They separated him from 58 games – the figure increases to 70 if the twelve duels that have been lost due to suspension are added – in all this second section, whose comparison with the previous one only promotes melancholy and undoubted contrasts.

He has played 83 games since then, with 20 goals, the most recent on December 19 against Elche. Whether or not he is the last one with the rojiblanco team shirt will determine the next few hours. So far he has requested to leave the club this January.

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