‘Atleti can keep Costa’

Technical director of Atletico Madrid, Andrea Berta, believes the club can retain Diego Costa for at least another year.

Speaking to Italian radio station Tele Radio Stereo, Berta admitted Atletico would eventually have to sell the forward but denied Costa’s departure was imminent.

“Atletico is a club which, due to its nature, has to sell every year,” Marca reports Berta as saying.

“We believe that we can keep our players for at least another year.

“Diego Simeone is passing his characteristics onto the players.

“The squad identifies with him and his charisma. He has the ability to get every player to take on a big role in the team.”

Berta also predicted that Atletico’s recent success would sustain for the long-term because of the talent at every level within the set-up at Vicente Calderon.

“The president and the owner of the club are competent people.

“Then there is a group which is doing a superb job: five cups and seven finals. The project goes beyond individual abilities. They graft hard in every game as if it were their last.”

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