Diego Costa Returns to Brazil, Joins Botafogo on a Free Transfer From Wolves

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Diego Costa has returned to Brazil, joining Brazil top side Botafogo as a free agent from Premier League side Wolves.

The 34-year-old is joining Botafogo on a four months contract till the end of the Brasileiro Serie A season.

After the end of the 2022/23 season, Diego Costa left Wolves and was a free agent since June. He joined the Premier League side on a free transfer last summer from Atletico Mineiro under former manager Bruno Lage.

The 34-year-old made one EFL Cup appearance for Wolves and 23 Premier League appearances for the club, scoring one goal.

With a seemingly subpar performance for Wolves, Coasta was slated to leave this summer when his contract expires.

His return to Brazil is the second time he will be plying his trade with a Brazilian club. The former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid forward had a stint with Atletico Mineiro, joining the club from Atletico Madrid in 2021.

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He made 14 Brasileiro Serie A appearance for the club, scoring four goals with an assist. Costa reportedly terminated his Atletico Mineiro contract after just 19 games with the club before joining Wolves.

Diego Costa

At Wolves, he struggled to return to elite level performance with an overly unimpressive outing with the club. He made his debut for the club in 2-0 defeat to West Ham United.

On 4 March 2023, Diego Coasta was stretchered off the pitch in Wolves 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham at the Molineaux stadium.

He usually started from the bench and waited two months to the expiration of his contract before scoring his first and only goal for the club against Brentford.

Wolves confirmed on 3 June 2023, Diego Coasta will leave the club as his contract was set to expire.

Diego Costa join Botafogo

Costa is set to continue fighting for his career as he joins Botafogo as a free agent.

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Diego Costa

He has reportedly signed a four-month contract with the club till the end of the current Brasileiro Serie A season in December.

Taking to his social media handle, Costa confirmed his move to the Brazil giants.

‘I’m very happy to have been chosen to be part of the family. Thanks and I see you soon,” he wrote.

Botafogo confirmed Costa’s signing with a club statement lauding the qualities of the Brazil footballer and hoping to count on his experience.

“Botafogo continues to build a quality squad and will count on the experience of Diego Costa, a 34-year-old striker, on a contract signed until the end of 2023,” Botafogo club statement reads.

Diego Costa’s move will see him reunite with his former boss at Wolves, Bruno Lage, who is the club’s manager. Bruno Lage was appointed Botafogo’s new manager after he was sacked by Wolves last season after an abysmal Premier League campaign.

Diego Costa was one of the best strikers of his generation in his prime. He hit the peaks of his career at Atletico Madrid, scoring 43 goals in 94 Laliga appearances for the club from 2010 to 2014.

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He joined Chelsea in 2014 and scored 52 Premier League goals in 87 appearances from 2014 to 2017.

He won 2 Premier League titles with Chelsea and 2 Laliga titles with Atletico Madrid, including Copa Del Rey, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup

Costa has scored 189 goals in 520 career appearances and will hope to regain his prolific goalscoring form at Atletico Mineiro.

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