It is not an innocent but a very serious problem for Cholo Simeone in a course in which he is looking for the League title and also fight a lot in the Champions League. Diego Costa, Atlético de Madrid striker, has asked the rojiblanco club to leave for the next winter market, which begins on January 4, for personal reasons. He has not even attended training on Monday with the mattresses and his departure is imminent.
Although since his return from Chelsea in January 2018, the Spanish-Brazilian forward has made more headlines for injuries and illnesses than for his goals, his departure is a significant setback for Atlético and its coach, convinced that the club will not He can face more than half the season alone with the veteran Luis Suárez as the striker.
The Serbian Saponjic does not count for Cholo, who does welcome the resumption of negotiations to sign the Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik, separated at Naples because he does not want to renew his contract but for whom Aurelio De Laurentiis, boss of the great club of the southern Italy, asks for about 10 million.
Diego Costa ends his contract on June 30 and last summer it was already for sale. It did not materialize due to lack of suitors and the one who left in the end was Álvaro Morata to Juventus. Now, Atlético would not charge a euro for an eventual transfer, although it would save a very high token that exceeds eight million a year.
Annoyed by his role
Lagarto’s man is upset with his situation because he knows that he has Luis Suárez ahead of him and that Atlético is not planning to renew him, and he believes he is in a position to sign the last great contract of his career, preferably in Europe.
Costa has participated this year in only 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 as a consequence of the coronavirus, later.
Since his return from Stamford Bridge, physical problems have separated him from 58 games, which rises to 70 if you add the twelve games that he has lost by suspension. In total, he has participated in 83 games, with 20 goals, since he was signed in September 2017 and registered in the next winter market.
On December 19 he reappeared in the tournament regularly with a goal against Elche after a penalty that he himself invented. «Life hits me, but I always get up, because I have a family, a base, and my colleagues, physios and doctors are by my side. When I’m not, I try to contribute to the maximum. It is not being easy, since I returned here because something always happens to me, but I always get up, “he told Movistar after that game, perhaps Costa’s last at Atlético.
Costa, diminished in recent years, has been essential in Atlético’s exponential growth and in the league title achieved in the 2013-2014 season, when he scored 27 goals. He concluded his first rojiblanco stage with 64 goals in 134 games. His return has not turned out as expected, but even so he has been key in the last two titles won by Atlético: the 2018 Europa League and, above all, the continental Super Cup won against Real Madrid in Tallin, where he signed a double .