Diego Simeone Relishing Costa-Griezmann Partnership Despite Transfer Rumours Surrounding the Latter

Diego Simeone Relishing Costa-Griezmann Partnership Despite Transfer Rumours Surrounding the Latter

Diego Simeone Relishing Costa-Griezmann Partnership Despite Transfer Rumours Surrounding the Latter

"I've been working hard and training hard but there's nothing else to do", Costa added.

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 was officially presented at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Sunday, alongside fellow Spain team-mate Vitolo, who signed from Sevilla in July.

The Premier League champions announced in September that they had reached an agreement with Atletico over the return of Costa.

Their defence is as resolute as ever, conceding just eight goals in 17 games, but they have had serious difficulties creating and converting chances, scoring fewer goals (25) than the other teams in the top four.

On the other hand, Simeone has also pointed out to his fellow Argentine manager Hector Cuper, manager of the Egyptian national team, and claimed that Cuper is doing very well with the Pharaohs especially after qualifying for the World Cup in Russian Federation, adding that Egypt has some quality players in Europe such as the Liverpool fan favorite Mohamed Salah.

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Since Costa departed for London in 2014, Atletico have spent 144.5 million euros trying to replace him.

Atletico Madrid French striker, Kevin Gameiro scored three goals to secure his team's victory.

Costa also won two UEFA Super Cups with Atletico and the 2013 Copa del Rey.

"I did not learn to speak English", he said.

"If it's not possible this season, we must be ready to fight them next season".

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