To ensure his return to the Premier League, Diego Costa has signed a contract with Wolves that runs through the end of the current campaign.
After leaving Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro in January, the former Chelsea striker joined on a free transfer. He played 19 times and scored five goals there in 2021 before his contract was terminated after just five months.
Wolves acquired the former Atletico Madrid forward after Sasa Kalajdzic, who had been signed in the summer, was forced to miss last weekend’s victory over Southampton due to an ACL injury.
Costa, who has 10 goals in 24 appearances for Spain but lost his last cap in 2018, said that the opportunity to play in the Premier League once more was the most important thing. “It’s a first-class club with very good players who know how to play football.
“Obviously, the club had an impact on my decision, especially since I know I will be able to adjust much more quickly here due to the quality of the players as well as the fact that many of them are Portuguese, which will make my transition that much easier.
“It wasn’t in the best terms possible on accounts of a player’s injury which, unfortunately, I can only wish him nothing but the best.
But since the Premier League is a league I have a lot of affinity for, have always enjoyed, and have watched, I was interested when he [manager Lage] told me about returning there. No matter how much I loved playing in Madrid, I still felt depressed. However, this inspired me. It stoked my inner flame.
We are overjoyed to welcome Diego Costa to Wolves and return to the Premier League, according to Wolves chairman Jeff Shi.
Diego, a multiple-time champion with a wealth of experience at the top level, will add something special to our locker room and on the field, and we anticipate his influence at Molineux.
Costa won two Premier League titles and a League Cup during a three-season spell at Chelsea from 2014 to 2017. The Brazil-born attacker scored 59 goals in 120 games at the London club before moving back to La Liga side Atletico Madrid.