Former Spain and Chelsea striker Diego Costa quits Atletico Madrid

“Atletico de Madrid and Diego Costa have reached
an agreement for the termination of the striker’s contract, which was to
end on June 30, 2021,” the club said in a statement.

The 32-year-old Brazilian-born forward, who
has been capped 24 times by Spain after twice appearing in friendlies
for the country of his birth, had asked to leave the club for “personal

Costa arrived at Atletico in 2006 at the age of
17, going on to play 215 matches over two spells (2010-14 and then
2018-20) either side of three seasons at Chelsea, scoring 83 goals and
providing 36 assists.

During his time at Atletico, Costa was part of
a squad that won one La Liga title in the 2013-14 season, one Copa del
Rey (2013), one Europa League (2018) and two UEFA Super Cups (2010 and

“The club thanks Diego Costa for his
dedication during these years and wishes him well in the next stage of
his professional career,” the club said.


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