Spanish international Diego Costa is rumoured to have asked Atletico Madrid to terminate his contract and release him as soon as possible, which could make him a free agent in the January transfer window.
Costa missed Atletico’s training session on Monday as he is trying to reach an agreement with the club over his departure.
The 32-year-old has struggled with injuries for much of his second spell with ‘Los Rojiblancos’ since returning to the club from Chelsea two years ago.
Atletico brought in veteran star Luis Suarez from Barcelona over the summer, while Joao Felix and Angel Correa have also been regulars in Costa’s absence, making it difficult for him to command a place in Diego Simeone’s preferred XI even when fit.
Costa’s Atletico contract is due to expire at the end of the season, but the player has requested to be released before then, citing family problems as the reason.
It has been reported that Atletico are currently assessing the situation and will try to help him as best they can.
Whether that means actually releasing him or attempting to find a bidder during the winter window that Costa would deem appropriate for his next club is unclear.
During his first spell, Costa helped Atletico win La Liga in 2013/14, scoring 27 times in the league and 36 in all competitions. He took home the Golden Boot that season – behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo overall – and got eight goals in the Uefa Champions League as Atleti reached the final.
Costa has been less prolific in his second spell with Atletico, although he has still helped the club win the Europa League and Uefa Super Cup.
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By FARPost Reporter