Wolves have confirmed the signing of former Chelsea striker Diego Costa on a one-year contract following a season-ending injury to summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic.
The Stuttgart man suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear on his debut for the Molineux outfit, having to be substituted off in the second half of the draw with Southampton, and requires surgery that will rule him out for months to come.
As a result, Bruno Lage’s side have opted to recruit Costa, who was previously a free agent after his contract with Brazilian side Atletico Miniero expired. The 33-year-old brings a wealth of top-flight experience, having spent time with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in a career that has seen him spend time across nine different clubs.
The Spanish international is most remembered for his time with the Blues, racking up 120 appearances for the west London side, during which time he grabbed 59 goals.
What they said
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Diego Costa to Wolves, and back to the Premier League”, Wolves chairman Jeff Shi told Wolves.com.
“A serial winner with a wealth of experience at the highest level, Diego will bring something unique to our dressing room and on the pitch, and we look forward to his impact at Molineux and Compton this season.”
Costa added that “It’s a first-class club with very good players who know how to play football and having the chance to play in the Premier League again was the main thing”
“Obviously, the club influenced my decision, especially knowing I will be able to adapt a lot more easily here not only from a technical point of view, the quality of the players but also from the fact that a lot of the players are Portuguese and that will make my transition that much smoother.”
“When he [Bruno Lage] told me about returning to the Premier League since this a championship I have related to quite a bit, always liked it and followed. No matter how much I enjoyed playing in Madrid, I felt discouraged, but this motivated me. It lit that fire within me.”