January signings Diego Costa and Vitolo are not guaranteed starting spots in Atletico Madrid’s team, Diego Simeone has suggested.
Los Rojiblancos have agreed record deals for the Spanish international duo and the pair will be available for selection in January 2018, at the conclusion of the club’s FIFA transfer ban.
“Diego Costa was the chosen player to help return us to the top,” Simeone told a wide-ranging interview with El Larguero.
“A different player of that quality we perhaps could not afford to pay but the fans are eager to see the same Costa who left us.
“He brings everything: goals, hard work, effort and leadership.
“That being said, I believe Costa and Vitolo will find it difficult to get into our team especially when I look at the players we already have – everyone will have to earn their place.
“More January transfers? “I would not close the door on anything, arrivals or departures.”