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Atlético Madrid and Diego Costa terminated the contract. What options does the aged striker have?

Diego Costa
Diego Costa in the stripped Atlético home jersey

Atlético Madrid has announced the termination of the contract with forward Diego Costa. The club confirmed that the decision was made at the request of the player, who asked for the termination for personal reasons.

The return of Diego Costa to Madrid from Chelsea seemed a beautiful fairy tale, but in reality it turned out to be different: the Spaniard, for whom they paid 60 million euros, in 3 seasons has scored only 12 goals in La Liga, missed almost a year because of injuries. Adding to that, the season 2018/19 was ended with insulting the mother of the judge and disqualification for 8 games.

“Rojiblancos” coach Diego Simeone appreciated the departure of the Spanish-Brazilian during the press conference and wished him all the best, adding that he “needs to find new challenge” :

“The club has issued a statement to tell about Diego’s situation. To tell you the truth, we have talked about all his needs and personal issues, about all options we have together. In the end, the club has been able to help him without getting hurt and that generates peace of mind for us. Everybody knows what we want from Diego, we have spent a lot of time together in the best way, we gave a lot to each other and we have talked to him. He also needs to find new challenges because he is good, strong and I can’t imagine another scenario, he has to do things well, because he is a fighter. Thank him, as well as all the people who have given us their hearts, and Diego has been one of them from the sport and human point of view. Hopefully, he will find the best way and be able to embrace us when we meet again. It has been a couple of days since he didn’t come to train while he was negotiating. The most beautiful thing that remains is that we will be able to hug when we see each other, celebrate and remember all the things together.”

Where Diego will go is a big question. There are options both in Europe and in Asia. The point is not in his form only, but in the difficult character of the striker as well. Especially considering the recent scandal with the photo of Costa in the company of an unknown girl, and there were plenty of stories.

Fabrizio Romano commented on this situation:

“Diego Costa would love to return to the Premier League. He had some bids from Brazilian and Turkish clubs, but he has decided to wait a bit. He’s hoping to receive a bid from Premier League. There’s nothing advance with Wolves”

It is also known that the forward had an offer from Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hilal is interested in acquiring the Spanish player. The Arabian club wanted to sign Alex Teixeira, but after the transfer failed, they turned their attention to Costa.

The Spaniard is offered a 2.5-year contract with a total salary of 17 million euros.

  • The 32-year-old played 215 official games for the Athletico, scored 83 goals and made 36 assists. With this club, Costa won La Liga in 2014.
  • They are rumours that the club from Madrid is going to sign Milik from Napoli as a new striker, 25-30 million is the fee.