Chelsea, Atletico Madrid Confirm Costa Return To LaLiga Club

Doug Mendoza
September 22, 2017

The English team said it reached a deal with Atletico but the transfer was pending the medical and an "agreement of personal terms" between the player and Spanish club.

But, despite Atletico now being subjected to a transfer ban, a statement from Chelsea confirmed that the 28-year-old is set to rejoin the club three years after he moved to London for £32 million (S$58.5 million).

Brazil-born Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico for a reported £32m three years ago.

Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement to re-sign striker Diego Costa from Chelsea.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is pinning his hopes on David Luiz playing against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week even though the defender has a broken wrist.

"The agreement is pending formalisation of the contract between our club and the Spain worldwide striker".

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He went on to score 59 goals in 120 matches during his time with Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles and one League Cup.

However, Costa will have to wait till January when Atletico's transfer ban comes to an end, to be registered as a player.

His first stint at the club ended in injury and anguish as Costa limped off with a hamstring injury less than 10 minutes into the Champions League final against local rivals Real Madrid. With this deal, Costa will thus never return to England again.

Craig Burley sounds off on Diego Costa and supports Chelsea standing firm on the striker's behaviour since last season.

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui had urged Costa to sort out his future in recent days.

Ronald Koeman's side beat Sunderland 3-0 to reach the last 16 and Conte believes the match will be a hard challenge despite the Toffees' poor Premier League form. All said and done, Chelsea have handled the situation well and ensured that they receive the fee they were looking for.

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