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Watch Diego Costa in sparring session in Fernando Torres' boxing gym

Costa was sparring with Atletico fitness coach Oscar ‘El Profe’ Ortega Friday, January 12, 2018 Diego Costa has been working on getting his fitness back by sparring with Atletico Madrid’s fitness coach.  The 29-year-old has been put through his paces in team-mate Fernando Torres’ boxing gym after completing his long-awaited transfer back to the Spanish club from Chelsea.  And the boxing has seemingly had a massive effect on Costa who scored on his first game back for Atletico in their win over Getafe.  However, it may have worked too well…

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Watch Diego Costa score on his Atletico Madrid debut after move from Chelsea

Costa scored just five minutes after coming on as a second half substitute Thursday, January 4, 2018 Diego Costa marked his Atletico Madrid comeback with a goal in their Copa del Rey win over third-tier side Lleida Esportiu on Wednesday evening. The former Chelsea striker wasted little time in making an impact as he scored just five minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute in their 4-0 win. Antoine Griezmann would add another late on, to add to the goals from Costa, Diego Godin and Fernando Torres, as Diego…

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Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa scores just minutes into second debut for Atletico Madrid

Thursday, January 4, 2018 Diego Costa made his long-awaited Atletico Madrid return on Wednesday night – and wasted no time in getting back among the goals. The striker agreed a deal to re-join the Spanish giants from Chelsea in September but Atletico’s transfer ban meant he was prevented from making his second debut until January. Costa was named as a substitute for Atleti’s first game of 2018, their Copa Del Rey clash away to third tier side Lleida Esportiu. He received a rapturous welcome from the visiting fans when he was…

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Helen Dunmore wins posthumous Costa poetry prize

Helen Dunmore has won the Costa Book prize for poetry for her 10th and final collection, Inside the Wave. She was named on Tuesday along with four other winners across five categories in the Costa Book Awards. The poet and novelist died from cancer in June last year. Inside the Wave explores the borderline between the living and the dead and includes her final poem, Hold Out Your Arms, written shortly before her death. The judges described the collection as “a final, great achievement”. Also honoured was Gail Honeyman, who…

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Costa completes return to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea

Striker Diego Costa has completed his move back to Atletico Madrid from Premier League champions Chelsea. The two clubs agreed terms last week and the 28-year-old Spain international passed his medical on Monday. However, he will not be eligible to play for the La Liga side until 1 January, when the club’s transfer window ban comes to an end. Costa left Atletico for Chelsea in 2014 and scored 59 goals in 120 games appearances for the Blues. He won two Premier League titles and the League Cup with the club,…

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Diego Costa regrets manner of Chelsea exit, but speaks of 'special affection' for club after returning 'home' to Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa’s end to his time at Chelsea was a sad affair Saturday, September 23, 2017 Diego Costa regrets the manner of his Chelsea exit and admits to having “special affection” for people at the club. The 28-year-old finally agreed a move back to Atletico Madrid earlier this week and arrived in the Spanish capital on Friday, ending weeks of exile in Brazil. Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, but his stay ended in acrimony, as he refused to return to the club…

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It's not the way I wanted to leave Chelsea – Costa

Diego Costa says he did not want to leave Chelsea on bad terms and that he has “special affection” for the club. Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal with Chelsea to bring the striker, 28, back to the Spanish club. Costa has not played for the Blues this season, and spent much of August in his native Brazil. “I’m not going to be ungrateful to Chelsea, where I was also very happy, playing in a team that was great,” said Costa after arriving in Madrid. “Atletico is my home.” Listen:…

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