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Diego Costa asks to terminate Atletico Madrid contract ahead of January transfer window

The forward is not currently training with the club as he is looking to find a way to end his second stint with the La Liga club as soon as possible

Diego Costa informed Atletico Madrid of his desire to leave the club before the January transfer window and to see his contract with the club terminated, Goal can confirm.

the Spain the international has had some tough times since returning to Atletico from Chelsea in 2018, with its limited appearances and productivity amid injuries.

Costa has only made seven appearances in the league this season, with two goals to his name.

AS reported that he had asked club officials to inform them of his desire to move on and terminate his contract, before his contract expired in the summer of 2021.

Goal can confirm Diego Simeone’s side are open to the prospect of letting the 32-year-old forward pass, provided that suitable replacement cover can be found in the January transfer window.

Simeone is reluctant to enter the second half of the season – with Atletico fighting for the top honors on three fronts – with Luis Suarez as the only offensive option.

Suarez started his Atletico career well after his transfer from Barcelona, but he’s 33 and had his own injury issues this quarter. the Uruguay The forward missed a month of the season with injury and ended a long scoreless run in the 3-1 win over Elche on December 19.

Atletico are in excellent shape to fight for the La Liga title, tied on points at the top of the table with real Madrid with two games in hand.

If Costa’s wish to move on were granted – and he does not currently train with the club – his last goal for Atletico could be the penalty he scored in the same game Suarez scored a doubled against Elche.

Costa was a force of nature on his first stint at Atletico, as his powerful presence and sense of purpose helped them win the La Liga title in the 2013-14 campaign.

He moved to Chelsea thanks to his exploits for Atletico and won two Premier League crowns at Stamford Bridge before returning to Atletico in 2018.

The highlight of his second stay at the club was the glory of the Europa League in 2018.


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