Costa, Conte speak out as Atletico finally unveil striker

Hope Soto
January 2, 2018

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been reflecting on his time at Stamford Bridge after he was officially unveiled at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Now the ban has been served, rumours have again been circulating regarding Griezmann's possible departure, with Barcelona reportedly favourites to pay the 26-year-old's £88.4m release clause, despite the striker's underwhelming form in the first half of this campaign, where he has only been able to register five goals.

Manager Antonio Conte told Costa early in the summer he was not part of his plans, but Costa spurned offers from elsewhere to focus on Atletico - despite knowing the club's transfer ban would prevent him signing in the summer window.

Costa, who fired Atletico to a first league title in 18 years in 2014, agreed a return to the club from Chelsea in September for £57m, almost double the price he left for more than three years ago.

"I did not learn English, which was a pity", he said.

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"Seriously, the supporters, the people at the club and my teammates helped me a lot". "Al Ahly has some good players in their squad and Im happy to face a club with this stature".

Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico in 2014, and the club's president Enrique Cerezo said: "Costa does not need an introduction because this is his home and today we give him the best of welcomes".

"It's true that there are players of great quality and at the end of the day it is the coach who will decide".

Antoine Griezmann is Atletico's leading marksman with five league goals but Costa will have to prove his fitness as his last competitive game was for Spain in a World Cup qualifier against Macedonia on June 11.

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