Costa scores five minutes into Atletico Madrid return, then immediately hurts himself

  • Costa scores five minutes into Atletico Madrid return, then immediately hurts himself

Costa scores five minutes into Atletico Madrid return, then immediately hurts himself

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.

'Now I am very happy because I feel like a footballer again, ' Costa told reporters.

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

"I wish him the best and I hope he goes to a competitive team". "I have prepared well and I am anxious to play and do what I need to do, which is to help the team and score goals".

Costa started the move that led to his goal, driving forward before moving the ball wide, allowing Juanfran to whip in a low cross that Costa clipped past Lleida keeper David Oliveros.

He appeared to injure his knee in the process and limped to the sidelines before returning to the pitch and completing the game.

"Costa's return has filled us with enthusiasm", said Atletico coach Diego Simeone.

Brazil-born Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico for a reported £32m in 2014 and he scored 58 goals in 120 appearances for the Blues, including 20 in the Premier League last season as they won the title.

He has been training hard with Atletico since the Spanish club agreed to a transfer fee reportedly worth 60 million euros ($72 million) in September. It just makes me even happier'.

After Conte told him by text message he was no longer part of his plans, the Spain worldwide spent much of the summer in Brazil before a deal was done with his former club.

Atletico Madrid is now second in La Liga but nine points behind Barcelona, and the club has scored just 25 goals in its league campaign, which ranks just 39th across Europe's big five leagues.