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Atletico Madrid bosses agreed to revoke striker Diego Costa's contract after citing personal problems.

In a statement from  Atletico,  the 32-year-old, whose contract runs out in June 2021, asked several days ago to leave the club immediately for personal reasons. On Tuesday, he signed his release form from his active deal.

“We have spent a lot of time together over the years, he has given us a lot, and we have given him a lot too,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said moments after the Costa leaving announcement.

“We spoke about his issues, the club wanted to help him without harming its interests, and we feel better now we have resolved the issue, " Simeone said.

“He felt the need to find a new challenge, and I’m sure wherever he goes, he will do well because he is a fighter.”

Costa backed Atletico to the Spanish title in 2014 with 27 goals but left for Chelsea that same year.

The Spanish forward returned to the Spanish capital in 2018. Costa has struggled to make an impact in the second time repeatedly interrupted by injuries.

Diego played 43 La Liga matches since returning to Atletico, scoring 12 goals. Diego helped Atletico winning two trophies, the 2018 Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup the same year.

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