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Diego Costa pens early end to Atlético Madrid contract

Madrid, Dec 29 (efe-epa).- Diego Costa has ended his contract with Atlético Madrid six months after expressing his desire to leave for personal reasons, the club confirmed Tuesday.

The Spanish-Brazilian striker, who plays for Spain, has officially been an Atlético player in three stints spanning 2007-2020. In that time he also plied his trade with Valladolid and Chelsea and others on loan such as Rayo Vallecano.

He moved back to Atlético from Chelsea in 2018.

“Atlético Madrid and Diego Costa have reached an agreement to rescind the contract of the striker, which was due to end on 30 June 2021,” a statement from the club said.

The Spanish-Brazilian requested his release from the club for personal reasons some days ago and signed the contract termination on Tuesday, leaving him unaffiliated with the club.”

“The club would like to thank him for his work over the years and wish him the best of luck in the next stage of his professional career.”

The club said that Costa had taken part in 215 official matches in two stints at the club (he was loaned out for the first) and had scored 83 goals overall.

Costa has won La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, the Europa League and two Supercopas with Atleti.

Atlético head coach Diego Simeone said: “You all know how much we love Diego. We have spent so much time with him, in the best possible way, in which we gave as much to him as he gave to us.

“We’ve spoken to him. He also needs an opportunity to take on new challenges.”EFE-EPA

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