Spanish striker Diego Costa's contract with Atletico Madrid was terminated on Tuesday, six months before schedule, the club said in a statement. Costa, 32, is now a free agent and will be able to join a new club during the January transfer window.
After a six-season service in two spells (2010-14 and then 2018-20), 215 appearances, 85 goals and 36 assists, Diego Costa will finally bid his farewell to Wanda Metropolitan, his second home since he was 17. The former Chelsea striker has decides to quit the club citing personal reasons, Atletico Madrid said in a statement.
"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,” Atletico Madrid's statement read on Tuesday.
The Spanish outfit also thanked the striker and wished him a great career ahead.
"The club thanks Diego Costa for his dedication during these years and wishes him well in the next stage of his professional career."
Costa's career blossomed mainly in club football as after representing his birth-country Brazil in two friendlies, he was capped by Spain only 24 times. Arriving at Madrid in 2006, Diego won the La Liga title in 2013-14 season, one Copa del Rey (2013), one Europa League (2018) and two UEFA Super Cups (2010 and 2018). He also had a brief three-year stint at Chelsea.
The 2013-14 champions' manager Diego Simeone, who has spent a lot of time with his namesake also issued a statement on Tuesday.
"We have spent a lot of time together over the years, he has given us a lot and we have given him a lot too," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said, according to Sky Sports.
"We discussed about his personal issues and the club wanted to help him without harming its own interests and we feel better now we have resolved the issue. He felt the need to find a new challenge, and I'm sure wherever he goes he will do well, because he's a fighter," the manager added.