Costa ready to play his part

31 December 2017 09:36:56 EST

Striker Diego Costa is looking forward to finally getting back out on to the pitch after being officially unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player once again.

The 29-year-old Spain international will be able to feature for Atleti in the New Year, having agreed a return to Madrid in late September after his relationship with Chelsea fell apart.

I'm tired of training so much. I want to play.

Diego Costa

Due to transfer window rules he has had to wait several months to make his second debut for Atletico, but he believes he has done plenty of hard work on the training pitch to make himself a more than reasonable option for head coach Diego Simeone.

He told reporters: "Physically I am much better than when I arrived. That shows that I have worked and I have prepared well to play - I come here to help the team and score goals.

"I've been waiting for this moment for a long time, now I have my mind set on playing and I just want to get in shape to play as soon as possible.

"As much as I've trained, it's not like playing a match and I'm tired of training so much. I want to play. If the coach decides to play me, I'll give my best."

Atletico are currently in second place in La Liga, nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona, while they missed out on qualification for the group stages of the Champions League.

Having dropped into the Europa League, Atleti have been paired with FC Copenhagen in the last-32 of the competition.

The men from Madrid are 2/5 to win the Europa League, having previously triumphed in the competition in both 2010 and 2012.

Meanwhile, Villarreal are available at 12121/1 and Athletic Bilbao can be backed at 1212/1.

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