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Reds target rules out January transfer

Diego Costa says he wants to stay in Spain

By | 10th September 2013
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Liverpool target Diego Costa has ruled out a move to the Reds in January after he rejected an offer from the club during the summer transfer window. Costa admits that while he was close to agreeing a deal to move to Anfield, he decided that he had unfinished work to accomplish with his current side, Atletico Madrid. Liverpool submitted a £22 million bid but the striker spurned the opportunity in favor of staying with Atletico.

The 24 year old, who has made two caps for the Brazil national team, is off to a scintillating start in La Liga, propelling Atletico to a perfect start with three goals in the club’s first three matches of the season. The striker is continuing his success from last year when he netted ten goals in La Liga and eight in the Copa del Rey.

“I had options to leave Atletico Madrid,” Costa said, according to Metro“I was very close to leaving – Liverpool is a great team. But after so much fighting and overcoming so many difficulties to win my place at Atletico, I couldn’t go.”

With Liverpool thought to be considering another attempt to lure the player to the Reds during the January transfer window, Costa spoke out to preemptively squash the club’s ambitions.

“I will stay at Atletico. I think it is important for me to continue growing here and playing here for many years to come,” Costa said, according to Metro.

Liverpool have had no problem scoring through the first three matches of the Premier League season as Daniel Sturridge has netted the match-winner in each game. The Reds also have last year’s leading scorer Luis Suarez planning to return to the club from a ten match ban on September 22nd for the third round Capital One Cup match against Manchester United.

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