Diego Costa has declared himself able to play after finishing his protracted transfer to Atletico Madrid.
The previous Chelsea striker agreed to rejoin the La Liga facet in September however has been unable to register because the switch window was closed.
He was formally launched as an Atletico participant on Sunday, whereas he might be registered on Monday when the winter window opens, and stated he was “drained” of coaching and eager to play as quickly as potential — with Atletico’s subsequent match coming towards Lleida Esportiu within the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
“I need to thank the membership for the hassle they’ve made to carry me again,” Costa stated, in feedback reported by Marca. “I simply need to play as quickly as potential. I am bored with coaching.”
Costa, 29, helped Chelsea to the Premier League title final season however his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge got here to an acrimonious finish.
Supervisor Antonio Conte informed Costa early in the summertime he was not a part of his plans, however Costa spurned presents from elsewhere to give attention to Atletico — regardless of realizing the membership’s switch ban would stop him signing in the summertime window.
On Sunday, Costa stated he bore no grudges towards anybody at Chelsea regardless of maybe by no means totally settling in London.
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“I didn’t study to talk English,” he stated. “A pity, however the fact is that there have been excellent individuals who helped me and made my life straightforward. It is an awesome membership and there are solely good reminiscences.”
Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico in 2014, and the membership’s president Enrique Cerezo stated: “Costa doesn’t want an introduction as a result of that is his house and at the moment we give him the perfect of welcomes. He’s a rare participant and an awesome good friend.”
After lacking the primary half of the season, Costa has work to do to drive his means into Spain’s plans for the World Cup, however stated one of the simplest ways to persuade coach Julen Lopetegui of his qualities was to attain targets for Atletico.
“It is a problem,” he stated. “The very first thing is to do issues proper right here, as a result of if that occurs will probably be simpler to be one among Lopetegui’s choices.”
Atletico additionally unveiled the signing of Vitolo from Sevilla in a deal that noticed the Spain winger set off his €37.5 million launch clause. Atletico signed him in the summertime and loaned him to Las Palmas for the primary half of the season, however he’s now free to make his debut for Atleti.