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Diego Costa a free agent after asking Atletico to terminate contract

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

13:21 29 Dec 2020

Diego Costa is set to leave Atletico Madrid after asking the Spanish giants to terminate his contract early due to personal reasons. 

The former Chelsea striker's deal with Athletico was due to expire in June of next year but now he will be a  free agent in January.

It's being reported that Mikel Arteta may be eyeing up the 32-year-old up to join his struggling Arsenal side.

Costa joined Atletico, who are top of La Liga on goal difference with two games in hand,  in 2006 at the age of just 17.

Then between 2010 and 2014, he scored 43 goals in 94 appearances and started in their 2014 Champions League extra-time defeat to Real Madrid in Lisbon.

The full statement from the club on Tuesday afternoon read

"Atlético de Madrid and Diego Costa have reached an agreement for the termination of the striker's contract, which was to end on June 30, 2021. The striker asked to leave the club for personal reasons a few days ago and on Tuesday signed the termination of his contract.

"Since he arrived at our club in 2006 at age just 17, the forward played 215 official matches in two stages, scoring 83 goals and providing 36 assists. During his time at Atlético de Madrid, he won one LaLiga title (2013-14), one Copa del Rey (2013), one Europa League (2018) and two UEFA Super Cups (2010 and 2018).

"The club thanks Diego Costa for his dedication during these years and wishes him well in the next stage of his professional career. "

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