Atlético de Madrid and from Chelsea, Diego Costa, as this newspaper advanced.
Sports reported Wednesday that Coast He had reached an agreement in principle to join Jorge Jesús’ team for the next season.
However the Benfica took the unusual step of refuting the claim in a club statement Thursday. “The Benfica denies that there have been negotiations on the signing of the forward Diego Costa”, It reads in the same
“The club reiterates that until the end of the season the focus of its entire professional football structure will be only on the ten remaining games of the league season and the final of the league. Taca from Portugal “.
the MD information, which is reaffirmed in itIt is not that he was going to sign now, but that the negotiations were aimed at next season, something that the Lisbon club has not denied.
The second stage of Coast at Athletics It came to an end by mutual agreement in December last year for what the club described as “personal reasons.”
The Spanish international born in Brazil was a key component in the title-winning team of The league 2013-14 of Athletics, before joining the Chelsea, where he won two Premier League between 2014 and 2017.
He returned to the Spanish capital in January 2018 after fighting with the former coach of the Chelsea, Antonio Conte, scoring two goals in his second debut. Injuries had limited him to 43 La Liga games in the past three years, scoring 12 goals, and chances were further reduced with the signings of Joao Félix and Luis Suárez. The Benfica ranks third in the Primeira League, 13 points behind the leader Sporting, and will be measured at Braga in the Taca final on May 23.