Atletico released pictures of Diego Costa in the interior of the sports training center, with smiles from Nacho Fernandez and Hulk, a pair who will be the attacking company of the striker.
Diego Costa e Hulk, from Atlético-MG – Photo: Publicity/Atlético
Nacho and Diego Costa, from Atlético-MG – Photo: Divulgação / Atlético-MG
After the tests are held, the naturalized Brazilian will participate in Spain until the end of 2022. Submission is scheduled for Thursday, the day after the River Plate match, by the Libertadores.
After 15 years in Europe, Diego Costa arrived in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday morning to sign the first professional contract of his career with a Brazilian team. The striker was officially announced by Atletico last Saturday.
With Hulk as the champ, Atlético comes from a practically perfect season so far. He leads Brazil in a big way, 5 points behind the deputy captain, Palmeiras. He is still alive in the Copa do Brasil, and on Wednesday, he faces River Plate in a bid to advance to the semi-finals of the Libertadores.
Of course Diego will not be able to play in the match – he still needs time for physical adaptation, as he has not played since December 2020. On Tuesday morning, after landing in the capital of Minas Gerais, he insisted on praising the group.
Gallo has an impressive squad, they’re having a very good season and I’ve come to try to add and help in the best possible way. You can see that the team is well qualified, and in a very good dynamic. I hope to put it all together and do my best to be able to add. And that tomorrow (Wednesday) we can move on to the semi-finals (Libertadores).
There will also be no hurry regarding his scoring in the tournaments that Atlético plays. In Libertadores, he will be able to act in the event of qualifying for the semi-finals. In Brazil, the deadline for registration is September 24, in the 22nd round. For the Copa Brasil, it may be organized until August 24, to play in the quarter-finals.
Remember that to register with the Brazilian Football Confederation, Atlético needs to open an international window (valid until the end of the month) and will receive the documents from Diego Costa via Atlético de Madrid / RFEF, even if the player has been free on the market since December 29, 2020.
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