Diego Costa’s long-awaited return to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea has been finalised – just in time for the two teams to meet in the Champions League next week.
And Paddy Power think the forward will thrive upon his return, offering odds of just 3/1 that he will start ahead of Alvaro Morata – his replacement at Stamford Bridge – at the World Cup next summer.
He’s 5/1 to outscore his compatriot this season, despite not being eligible to play until January, and 12/1 to score a hat-trick against either Real Madrid or Barcelona in La Liga.
He’s 16/1 to win more trophies than his former Chelsea team-mates this term and, when that squad heads to Madrid to face his new side, Costa is the same price to be photographed in the crowd in an Atleti shirt.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: “So Costa is finally getting his wish to Die-go home to Atleti. And he truly will put the ‘mad’ into Madrid.
“He may have been sidelined in favour of Alvaro Morata, but we make Costa a short-price to usurp his replacement in the Spain team next summer.”
DIEGO COSTA SPECIALS
3/1 To start Spain’s first World Cup 2018 game
5/1 To score more goals than Morata this season
12/1 To score a hat-trick against either Real Madrid or Barcelona in La Liga this season
16/1 To be pictured in an Atleti shirt during Chelsea’s visit to Madrid next week
16/1 To win more trophies than his former Chelsea team-mates this season
20/1 To win the Golden Boot at World Cup 2018
33/1 To win the Golden Boot in La Liga this season
250/1 To score the winner against Chelsea in the 2018 Champions League final
500/1 To be sent off against Chelsea in the 2018 Champions League final