Diego Costa resists transfer talk and signs new Atletico contract

Diego Costa has signed a new contract at Atletico Madrid.

In recent weeks the Brazilian forward has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, who were said to be keen on adding him to their squad regardless of what the future holds for Luis Suarez. It had been suggested that an offer of just over £20million had been tabled and rejected for the 24-year-old, who scored 10 goals in La Liga last season.

However, Brendan Rodgers will now have to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements, after Costa signed a new deal which is designed to keep him at the Vicente Calderon for another five seasons. And judging by his comments, it doesn’t look as though the South American had any plans to quit the Spanish capital this month.

“I want to thank the club for making me this offer,” the 6ft 2in frontman told the official Atletico website. “I want to spend much more time here and hope to become a much better player. I have been fighting for a long time to win the respect and affection of the fans, colleagues and people at the club. This is a very special moment for me.”

Diego Simeone may have lost the prolific Radamel Falcao, to Monaco, but he still has one of the most formidable attacking options in Spain. As well as Costa, David Villa is sure to be a key figure following his ridiculously cheap arrival from Barcelona, whilst Leo Baptistao, a one-time target for Manchester United, has joined from Rayo Vallecano. Adrian Lopez, meanwhile, makes up the quartet ahead of the new season.


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