‘It’s the best time for both of us, the best way to help this team and club’: Diego Costa pens emotional tribute to Atletico Madrid fans after ex-Chelsea man was allowed to terminate his £270,000-a-week deal
- Diego Costa was released from his Atletico Madrid contract on Monday
- The Spanish striker penned an open letter to supporters on his Instagram
- He thanked fans for their constant support but said the time is right to depart
- Costa said he feels the early termination suits both him as well as Atletico
Diego Costa believes the time is right for both him and Atletico Madrid to part ways as he addressed fans in an open letter after terminating his contract.
After falling down the pecking order under Diego Simeone, Costa is understood to have instructed Atletico to tear up his contract which had just six months to run, with the striker picking up £270,000-a-week.
In his first address to supporters since news of his contract termination broke on Monday, the Spain international said he is filled with both ‘sadness’ and ‘happiness’ but believes the move suits everyone as it is ‘the best way to help the team’.
Diego Costa told supporters that his departure is ‘the best way to help this team’ right now
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‘I want to thank all the fans, but I think that my moment arrived and that for me, as well as for the club, it was the best thing that could happen,’ part of his statement on Instagram read.
‘I think it’s the best moment for both of us, and the best way to help this team and the club.
‘I have given my best, or at least, I always tried to give my best for this club and this shirt.’
Costa was full of praise for team-mates, club medical staff and the Atletico coaching team with injuries and setbacks hampering his season to date.
The 32-year-old was allowed to terminate his £270,000-a-week deal on Monday afternoon
The 32-year-old has struggled for minutes with leg and muscle injuries seeing him miss six out of seven LaLiga games from the end of October to the middle of December while those same problems kept him out of Champions League action.
But while there were multiple mentions for the medical staff and physios, he saved his most gushing sentiments for the supporters.
‘To the fans…. just THANK YOU, THANK YOU and THANK YOU,’ he said. ‘It was always an encouragement. They always were, and always will be, a motivation. THE BIGGEST THING THAT THIS CLUB HAS.
‘I had a dream… I saw how all the fans shouted the name of the great players who have worn this shirt, and I dreamed, and believed, and it encouraged me to work and someday deserve to have my name shouted too.’
Costa rejoined Atletico for a third spell from Chelsea for £54million during the 2017-18 season.
But he has struggled for goals during that time, with his seven in his first-half season back followed by consecutive campaigns where he found the net just five times.
Costa had fallen down the pecking order but he was not bitter in his address to supporters
He remains convinced he can still compete at the top in Europe for around ‘two or three seasons’ and his sudden availability as a free agent is likely to make him hot property in the transfer window.
Arsenal are seen as offering a ‘favourable situation’ for Costa with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta determined to add reinforcements in January to help salvage a campaign that has threatened a relegation battle.
His misfiring side have managed just 16 goals in the Premier League this season, with Arsenal slumped in 13th.
Wolves could also move for the 32-year-old as the Midlands club look for a replacement for Raul Jimenez, who is currently ruled out with a fractured skull.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are in need of more firepower up front with Jimenez ruled out for most of this season after he collided heads with Arsenal’s David Luiz in a serious incident at the end of November.
Wolves currently have 18-year-old Fabio Silva as their main striking option but the teenager has scored just once since stepping into Jimenez’s shoes.
DIEGO COSTA’S TRIBUTE IN FULL
Well, people… Atleticos… today, with sadness, but at the same time happy, I come to say goodbye to all the fans of Atleti, to all my people. Sad for not being able to do more of this family, being in the day to day, but happy for having been part of it, of this great club.
Here I have lived difficult moments, of which always I have risen thanks to the help of the doctors, physios and recuperators and of my team-mates. And happy moments that are already in my memory and in everyone’s. But I want to tell you that I feel happy to have been able to make history and to put my small name in that of this great club. Something that I always wanted but never imagined could happen.
I want to thank all the fans, but I think that my moment arrived and that for me, as well as for the club, it was the best thing that could happen. I think it’s the best moment for both of us, and the best way to help this team and the club. I have given my best, or at least, I always tried to give my best for this club and this shirt.
I want to thank my team-mates, the doctors, the physios and recuperators… they have been my family. I also want to thank the coaching staff.
And to the fans…. just THANK YOU, THANK YOU and THANK YOU. It was always an encouragement. They always were, and always will be, a motivation. THE BIGGEST THING THAT THIS CLUB HAS. I had a dream… I saw how all the fans shouted the name of the great players who have worn this shirt, and I dreamed, and believed, and encouraged me to work and someday deserve to have my name shouted too.
Now I remember moments when the Calderon first, and Wanda later, have shouted my name, and I want to tell you that these are unique moments for me. Much more than titles, because the affection, the humanity, will always be the most important thing for me. So… THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I don’t want to say what everyone says when they leave a club. That I will be one more. No. I showed it on the field, I showed it in every game… I AM ALREADY FROM ATLETI.
Now, with a lot of illusion, strength, desire and passion for what is to come, the next challenge.
ATHLETICS… THANK YOU… I LOVE YOU
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