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Chelsea forward Diego Costa’s future has finally been resolved after a January move to Atletico Madrid was recently confirmed by both clubs.
He will formally join the La Liga club on the 1st January 2018, when Atletico will be allowed to register players again after their transfer ban.
Costa’s days as a Chelsea player looked numbered after falling out of favour under current boss Antonio Conte, who had informed the Spanish striker that he was no longer in his plans for the first team squad.
First name on the team sheet
When he was brought to the Stamford Bridge based club, he was one of the first names on the team sheet and recorded a favourable goal return since moving from former club Atletico Madrid.
Under José Mourinho however, the Spaniard, who previously represented Brazil on the international stage, struggled for form as they slumped to an underwhelming tenth placed finish in the league in the 2015-16 season, eventually leading to the sacking of current Manchester United boss Mourinho.
Linked with a return to Madrid
Spanish international Costa was linked with a move away from the London based club earlier this summer and was widely expected to make the move to Atletico, however their transfer ban proved to be a stumbling block in the way of any potential move.
A move away from Stamford Bridge failed to come to fruition for Costa, leading to him spending his time outside of the first team picture.
Ably replaced by Morata
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte this summer remained in pursuit of a replacement striker for Costa, eventually settling for Costa’s compatriot Alvaro Morata, after they missed out on a move for their former striker Romelu Lukaku who instead signed for Manchester United.
Morata appears to have so far been an excellent signing for the Stamford Bridge based club however, as he continues to find the scoresheet on a regular basis, slotting perfectly into the system of his new club.
Shot himself in the foot
Once a star for the first team, Costa’s fall out of the first team picture was perhaps made worse due to his off-field antics, in which he appeared on Facebook live sporting an Atletico jersey earlier in the summer.
Despite his troubles at Chelsea, the 28-year-old now makes a return to the club where he began to make a name for himself earlier in his career, and the Spanish international should have no trouble finding his way into the first team at Atletico having shown his goalscoring capabilities for both club and country in his career so far.
Written by Cristian Fry
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