Diego Costa: Atletico boss Simeone pays tribute to Spaniard after premature departure

Diego Costa: Atletico boss Simeone pays tribute to Spaniard after premature departure

- Diego Costa has been eulogized by Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone following his departure

- The 32-year-old left the Wanda Metropolitano on mutual consent with the club following his return in 2018

- Wolves, Arsenal and Juventus are reportedly interested in signing the Spanish star in the winter window

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Diego Simeone has paid tribute to Diego Costa who left Atletico Madrid after his contract was terminated at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Spanish striker requested his contract be terminated with reports claiming he will not be guaranteed a starting place in Simeone's squad.

And the former Chelsea star is now a free agent as Premier League club Wolves are understood to be interested in the 32-year-old.

Diego Costa: Atletico boss Simeone pays tribute to Spaniard after premature departure

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Simeone has insisted that he relishes the memories they shared while working together as manager and player.

Speaking to Spanish news media outlet Marca, Simeone refused to give details behind Costa's departure.

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The Argentine gaffer was quoted by Daily Mail:

"I am grateful to him, like all the people who gave us their hearts.
''Diego was one of them, as much from a sporting point of view as from a human point of view.
"We haven't seen each other for a few days because Diego didn't come to train while he was negotiating. Most importantly, we can hug each other when we see each other, celebrating our memories."

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Costa has six months left on his contract with Atletico and is reportedly earning £270,000-a-week.

He has struggled with several injury problems and with the arrival of Luis Suarez from Barcelona, the Spanish star has had limited playing time under Simeone this campaign.

Juventus and Arsenal are also in the race to sign Costa during the January window but Wolves seems the likely destination for controversial forward.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Diego Costa is no more a player of La Liga side Atletico Madrid after both club and player accepted the termination of his deal at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Spanish striker who returned to Rojiblancos in 2018 has not been able to nail a starting shirt since the arrival of Luis Suarez from Barcelona in the summer.

To make matters worse, Portuguese youngster Joao Felix has also been preferred by Diego Simeone as Atletico's supporting striker to Suarez.

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