Liverpool look set to miss out on another attacking target after Diego Costa declared that he’s happy in Spain…
Liverpool look like they will miss out on another attacking target after Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian forward Diego Costa said he doesn’t want to leave, The Telegraph reports.
The Reds had lodged a bid around £20m for the striker who bagged 20 in all competitions last term, and they hoped that this would trigger a release clause.
The 24-year-old and his Spanish club however both seem adamant that the striker will not be going anywhere.
“As I’ve been in Argentina and Uruguay I’ve not heard anything about this,” the powerful forward told Spanish publication AS.
“I’m happy here, if the club want me to be here, I’m going to be here.
“I think that the coach (Diego Simeone) counts on all of us, not just me. He knows how important it is to maintain the squad, the fans know it as well.”
Costa’s comments will hurt Reds fans who were getting excited that the club were finally going to spend big money on some proven talent. Liverpool have a net spend of under £10m this summer, after selling Andy Carroll, and bringing in Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas.
Rodgers promised ‘exciting new signings’, but has so far failed to bring any that will really get the fans drooling. The Reds missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier in the summer, and rumours of Christian Eriksen joining the club have gone quiet.
Atletico’s sporting director Jose Luis Caminero confirmed that Liverpool have no chance of securing the feisty Brazilian.
“Diego Costa is a very important player for Atletico, we value him very highly and we are convinced that this year he is going to score a lot of goals with Atletico. He is an idol for the fans,” he said.