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Diego Costa arrives in Madrid ahead of Atlético return

Spain international Diego Costa has landed in Spain as he prepares to complete a return to LaLiga club Atlético Madrid from Chelsea.

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Diego Costa arrives in Madrid ahead of Atlético return
Eduardo Candel Reviejo

Diego Costa has touched down in Spain as he prepares to complete a return to Atlético Madrid from Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Spain striker, who left Atlético for the Blues in 2014, is set to undergo a medical before signing for a club-record fee of around 65m euros, and is expected to be in the stands for the team's home LaLiga clash with Sevilla on Saturday.

Costa lands in Madrid: "Atléticos, a friend says hi!"

After his arrival in Madrid from his native Brazil on Friday, the club posted a photo of a smiling Costa on their official Twitter account, accompanied by the message: "Atléticos, a friend says hi!".

"I'm very happy to be back home. Everyone knew that I wanted to rejoin Atlético Madrid and I'm very grateful for the effort that [club CEO] Miguel Ángel Gil Marín has made," the 28-year-old told the media at the Spanish capital's Barajas airport.

Costa expects to be worked hard as he returns to fitness

Having missed Chelsea's pre-season as he sought to push through his move, Costa - who Atleti cannot register until the winter window - has until January to regain full fitness, and is braced for a tough training regime.

"I'm in good shape physically. I'm not afraid about stepping back onto the scales," he said. "But I am afraid about [fitness coach Óscar] 'Profe' Ortega's training sessions."

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