Diego Costa has reportedly informed the Atletico Madrid hierarchy of his plan to cut short his stay in Madrid six months before the expiration of his contract.
Despite failing to replicate the form seen during his first spell at the Wanda Metropolitano, Diego Costa was Atletico Madrid’s first-choice striker since returning from Chelsea in 2018. However, a tally of 19 goals and 14 assists racked up across the 32-year-old’s 74 competitive outings during his second spell in La Liga was the reason behind Diego Simeone’s optic to bring in a new striker ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Since arriving from Barcelona in the summer, Luis Suarez has soaked up the limelight as Atletico Madrid’s most prolific forward, completely overshadowing Diego Costa. Continuous injury setbacks have not helped the Spaniard build a case for himself either, as he has only managed seven appearances in all competitions this season. In fact, the Brazil native has fallen behind the likes of Suarez, Joao Felix, and Angel Correa in the pecking order.
Diego Costa ‘asks Atletico Madrid to TERMINATE his contract in January for personal reasons’ in transfer bombshell https://t.co/O2WwNnaw0m— The Sun – Chelsea (@SunChelsea) December 28, 2020
Costa’s deal at Atletico runs out at the end of the season, with neither side showing desire to continue together. Aware that his career with Los Rojiblancos is nearing the end, the former Chelsea marksman is looking to terminate his contract prematurely and find a new club already in January. However, according to Spanish news outlet Diario AS, Costa’s wish to cut short his Madrid adventure has nothing to do with a lack of game time. The experienced attacker wants to depart the Spanish capital due to undisclosed personal reasons.
Per the same source, Costa has already handed in his request to the club officials and did not attend the training session on Monday with the rest of his Atletico Madrid teammates. But, Simeone is not inclined to let his team’s long-term servant leave before finding a suitable back-up option. The Spaniard’s departure would leave Suarez as the only classic No 9, which has been deemed unacceptable by the Argentinean manager.
As for Costa’s future destination, the player is reportedly keen to maintain his European career, though a switch to South America or China remains on the cards. Reigning Brazilian champions Flamengo and Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian have both taken an interest in the outgoing Atletico star.