Atlético striker Diego Costa finally returned to Madrid. Shortly after his arrival on Thursday, he gave a press conference explaining why he was late for Atleti’s pre-season, which began on Monday.
“Due to lack of communication, I didn’t know we started on the 4th,” said the bulky attacker. “The club did not have my Brazilian phone number.
“I apologise to the fans and my team-mates.”
So, that’s it. He wasn’t kidnapped, he didn’t gamble away his life savings – it’s said the striker is a real hustler at poker and that team-mates don’t want to play with him any more – and he wasn’t found in a dumpster.
He was late.
“I was already bored over there, they called me and I came,” he said. “But, to be sure, there are things to do in Brazil.”