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Costa on the bench for Atletico´s Lleida trip

12 January 2018

Chelsea were in a position where they wanted to get a good fee for the 29-year-old, but it was quite clear that Costa wanted to return to Atletico Madrid and they knew he wasn't going to play again for Chelsea, seemingly driving his price down.

'I couldn't ask for more from my second debut.

Diego Costa was set to have his knee assessed on Thursday after scoring but suffering an injury in the first match of his latest spell with Atletico Madrid.

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Having been forced by a Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban to sit out the first half of the season following his €66 million return from Chelsea last summer, Costa entered early in the second half and within five minutes had finished smartly at the near post from Juanfran's cross.

'It is great for me to play for Atletico Madrid again, the club are very important to me and I am very happy with this.

Costa appeared to have injured himself stretching to score the goal, but was able to carry on and finish the game.

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Vietto's move to the club reunites him with coach Marcelino Garcia, who was the boss during his last season at Villarreal, when he scored 20 goals and the forward admitted that Marcelino's presence had been a key factor in his decision.

Costa has had a frustrating few months in the wilderness due to Atletico's transfer ban which meant the Spaniard was unable to register for the La Liga outfit until January 1.

"If I start scoring goals and the team plays well, it will be easier for me to make Lopetegui's list", Costa said.

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The second leg of the tie against third-tier club holds next Tuesday, with Atletico hosting Getafe in the league this Saturday.

Costa on the bench for Atletico´s Lleida trip