ATLETICO MADRID have terminated the contract of Diego Costa with immediate effect.
The Spanish striker’s deal was set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.
But with the LaLiga side keen to get him off the wage bill, there was talk they would allow him to leave for free in January.
However, Atletico Madrid confirmed on Tuesday the decision to rip up his contract and release him now – the third time he has departed the club.
Atleti tweeted: “Agreement with @diegocosta for the termination of his contract.
“The club wishes the striker the best of luck in the next stage of his professional career.”
The transfer window reopens on Friday, giving the ex-Chelsea striker all of January to find a new club.
More to follow