Diego Costa’s future remains unclear

Atlético reportedly intends to loan out the Brazilian forward until winter

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Atlético striker Diego da Silva Costa has apparently fallen out of favour with manager Quique Sanchez Flores, despite recent reports that the coach wanted him to stick around.

AS is now reporting that Atleti plans to loan the attacker until January, giving us additional time to resolve our passport issues before bringing him back to Madrid.

This upcoming season, La Liga will abolish the rule preventing a player having appeared in five games with another team, from returning to his club of origin during the January transfer window.

Costa will not be surprised at the prospect of another move, as the journeyman’s football career in Spain has been one of many revolving doors. The Brazilian returned to Atleti this summer, after a stint with Valladolid last season in which he notched seven goals in 34 appearances, not enough to salvage the Castile and León side from relegation.

Prior to joining the Pucela, Diego played for second division squads Albacete and Celta de Vigo. Teams reportedly interested in the young forward include Deportivo, Mallorca and Zaragoza.


  • Derek Maaijen

    I wasn’t aware players can now change clubs after playing five matches, so that’s good news. However, I’m not an advocate of this move. If Diego Costa were to go, we would really lack depth up front. And we would bring him back just when Borja is getting fit again?

    Let’s just hope Agüero and or Godín get their Spanish papers in time, so that Diego Costa doesn’t have to go anywhere.

  • He is a great player but he won´t be able to enjoy minutes in important matches. He has also arrived with 5 kilos more to the pre season, and Quique hasn´t liked it at all 🙁

  • alexvarona

    Hi everybody. Greetings from Madrid. Nice website, congratulations for the authors.
    About Diego Costa: If in September the passport problems remains unresolved, I think the best choice it’s to mantain Ibrahima in the first team and loan Costa to another team (I think the better choice is one Second Division, for example Betis). Then Atletico has four months to decide which of two players is better to be the Third Forward.
    By the way, unquestionably Diego Costa is better player than Ibrahima, but as Substiotute Forward I prefer Ibrahima, because the motivation.

  • JC

    Hi. At the First time i want say: Congratulations for this page! It is awesome!
    About Costa, i just say that i think the passport of Kun will arrived at time. I don’t understand in what was thinking Pitarch… Other options are Ibra and dont’t forget Borja Alberto Perea and Keko. Bye

  • J.F.

    The striker we need is borja, Diego costa must to do something more to stay aleti

  • Nick Poskitt

    I can’t wait until Borja is back and training. It was really unfortunate that he and Asenjo both got serious injuries at the same time, but at least they can continue their rehabilitation and recovery together!