Diego Costa, a former Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid striker have signed a one-year contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Wolves announced Costa’s signing on Monday in a statement posted on their website.
“Wolves have signed experienced international striker Diego Costa on a deal that will last until the end of the 2022/23 season, subject to international clearance.”
“The Spaniard, who is approaching 500 games in football, has 12 major honors to his name, including two Premier League titles from a memorable time at Chelsea, as well as a reputation for scoring goals at the highest level.”
“That time in London rivaled the 33-year-two old’s trophy-laden spells at Atletico Madrid, and he now brings that experience and attacking bite to Bruno Lage’s squad, having completed medical tests at Compton Park on Thursday.”
“Born in Brazil, Costa made his name in Spain, displaying a hunger and determination to score goals and win major titles, which came to fruition in 2010 when he moved to the Spanish capital and his career took off.”
“Having fought his way to the top of the attacking pecking order at the Vicente Calderon, Costa came to life during the 2013/14 season, when he led Atletico to their first La Liga title in 50 years and the Champions League final.”
“His 36 goals in all competitions and all-around attacking performances were a thorn in the side of defenders across Spain and the continent that year, and he was named to the La Liga and UEFA Teams of the Season.”
“Those unplayable performances continued in West London, where Costa made a big impression in his debut season in England, lifting the Premier League and League Cup and continuing his run of appearances in Team of the Season selections.”
“Those three years at Chelsea are remembered for wholehearted performances full of grit and determination, including at Molineux in February 2017, when the striker netted in an FA Cup match against the Blues.”
“The hunger remained when Costa returned to Madrid the following summer, where he went on to win the Europa League and score three goals for Spain in the 2018 World Cup, his final international appearance.”
Costa added another league and cup double to his CV with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, the country of his birth and the nation he represented before switching allegiances to Spain, after signing off from his latest four-year Madrid stint with another La Liga title in 2021.
“During that homecoming, Costa’s predatory instinct remained sharp, as did his desire to occupy defenders and link up play, and his impressive goalscoring record was lifted to 188, before he departed at the start of the year, opening the door for a new challenge at Molineux.”