Diego Costa absent from Atletico Madrid training as he looks to terminate contract

Diego Costa ‘absent from Atletico Madrid training with permission from club’ as he looks to terminate contract and leave as soon as possible

  • Striker Diego Costa will reportedly leave LaLiga side Atletico Madrid in January
  • The former Spain forward is out of contract at the club at the end of the season  
  • He was not at training with Diego Simeone’s side on Monday with rest of squad
  • Costa is looking to have contract dissolved and jump ship as soon as he can  

Diego Costa missed Atletico Madrid training on Monday and is looking to accelerate his exit from the LaLiga leaders. 

The combative forward was given permission to sit out the session with his team-mates as he is trying to reach an agreement with the club over his departure. 

COPE report that he was allowed to skip training and Costa is understood to want out for personal reasons.  

Diego Costa seems certain to leave LaLiga side Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window

The striker was given permission to miss Atletico Madrid training on Monday by the club

The striker was given permission to miss Atletico Madrid training on Monday by the club

The 32-year-old’s contract expires in the summer but he is seeking a move before then, pushing for an early escape during the January transfer window. 

Luis Suarez and Joao Felix have established themselves as a potent attacking duo for Simeone and Costa has only made three substitute appearances in more than two months.

He has been plagued by injuries and only scored once since the beginning of the season. 

Costa turned out 120 times for Chelsea in a prolific three-year period between 2014 and 2017

Costa turned out 120 times for Chelsea in a prolific three-year period between 2014 and 2017

It has been reported in Spain that the club are willing to dissolve Costa’s contract early and find a solution that works for all parties. 

Costa has spent eight years at Atletico across three spells, returning in 2018 after winning the Premier League twice with Chelsea between 2014 and 2017.

His departure would end any prospect of a meeting with the Blues in their Champions League round of 16 clash with Atletico next year.

Costa scored 59 goals in 82 appearances during a prolific spell at Stamford Bridge and reacted excitedly on social media when the draw for the Champions League was made.

Despite falling out of favour recently, Costa has made a total of 215 appearances for the club, scoring 83 times and providing 36 assists.

He scored in the same game as Suarez for the first time with a goal against Elche earlier this month, but was introduced for only three minutes of the 2-0 win at Real Sociedad on Tuesday.