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Diego Costa delighted with new Atlético deal

Published: Wednesday 14 August 2013, 22.21CET
Club Atlético de Madrid striker Diego Costa said he had room for improvement after agreeing a three-year contract extension that keeps him with the Liga side until 2018.
Diego Costa delighted with new Atlético deal
Diego Costa scored 20 goals for Atlético last season ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Wednesday 14 August 2013, 22.21CET

Diego Costa delighted with new Atlético deal

Club Atlético de Madrid striker Diego Costa said he had room for improvement after agreeing a three-year contract extension that keeps him with the Liga side until 2018.

Club Atlético de Madrid have retained the services of forward Diego Costa for a further three seasons after the 24-year-old agreed to extend his stay at the UEFA Champions League group stage challengers until June 2018.

"I am very happy with this [new] deal which comes after I spent a lot of time trying to win the respect and affection of our fans, my colleagues and everyone at the club," the Brazilian international explained. "This is a very special moment for me. I would like to thank the club for the opportunity. I hope to become an even better player while helping [Atlético] to achieve all of their objectives."

The striker joined Los Rojiblancos in December 2006 but took time to settle, having spells on loan at SC Braga, RC Celta de Vigo, Albacete Balompié and Real Valladolid CF. He returned to Atlético for 2010/11 but was once again loaned out – to Rayo Vallecano – the following season and managed nine goals in 16 top-flight appearances.

Last term he netted 20 times in 42 outings in all competitions, including one in the Copa del Rey final victory against Real Madrid CF. Atlético secured third place in the Liga.

Last updated: 05/09/13 6.57CET

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