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Atletico Madrid officially unveil Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid officially unveil Diego Costa

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been officially unveiled at Atletico Madrid and could play as early as this week.

After training alone in his native Brazil, Costa finally got his wish of a return to Atletico and will now be tasked with ensuring Diego Simeone's men secure a top-four finish in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid defeated Al Ahly 3-2 at a friendly game on Saturday night at Borg El Arab stadium in front of 70,000 Egyptian fans who attended to send a message of peace to the whole world.

'I'm in much better shape than when I arrived, I've prepared well and worked hard and I'm ready to help the team and score goals, ' Costa said.

Atletico are second in the league but Costa's return can not come soon enough for Diego Simeone's side who are nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona and had their confidence rocked by elimination from the Champions League group stage.

Costa and Vitolo aren't allowed to play for Atletico until January when the club's ban on fielding new players expires.

Costa, who left Atletico for Chelsea in 2014, scored 59 goals in 120 games appearances for the Blues. The ban was imposed by Federation Internationale de Football Association after the club broke rules regarding youth players.

Now the ban has been served, rumours have again been circulating regarding Griezmann's possible departure, with Barcelona reportedly favourites to pay the 26-year-old's £88.4m release clause, despite the striker's underwhelming form in the first half of this campaign, where he has only been able to register five goals. It failed to advance from the Champions League group stage.

Costa also won two UEFA Super Cups with Atletico and the 2013 Copa del Rey.

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