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Diego Simeone insists disciplinary issue with Costa is settled

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 20: Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on February 20, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone announced that the disciplinary issue with Diego Costa regarding his alleged no-show at training is sorted.

The former Chelsea striker was handed an eight-match ban by La Liga this month for his outburst at the referee during Atletico’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona. Therefore, he will miss the rest of the club’s campaign as there are only six games left.

However, Spanish newspaper AS reported that Costa had allegedly declined to attend training on Thursday due to a disciplinary procedure by Atletico into his dismissal at Barcelona.

But Simeone insists the issue between Atletico and Costa has been resolved. He also defended the striker after finishing the season with just five goals to his name in 21 games.

“What I can tell you is it’s an internal situation, that we solved yesterday and today Diego was training as he has always trained,” said Simeone, according to beIN SPORTS.

“I have explained several times. I do not change what I think about Diego. I think he did not have a good season, marked by injuries.

“And I have no doubt that next season, all the rebellion and all the players who are in all situations that have lived this season, will do very well.

“This season he has not been able to have continuity. Then the expulsion moves him away from the competition from here to the end and all this will make him rebel. Costa will have a hunger and desire to reverse this situation that he has lived this season.

“Players today cannot take anything for granted in the future. Always the players can have the opportunity to leave. We always want to compete with the best and those that we consider that can make the team good and keep it growing.”

When queried again over Costa’s punishment, Simeone replied: “I was clear at the start. It is an internal issue and has been resolved internally and is now resolved.

“It is an internal issue and we resolve it internally. In the family when situations happen they are resolved without telling anyone on the street.”

Atletico will take a trip to SD Eibar on Saturday eyeing a victory to retain their five-point lead over city rivals Real Madrid in the battle for runners-up spot in La Liga.

But Simeone refuses to take 13th-placed side Eibar lightly, despite the fact they’ve only won two of their last 10 La Liga games.

“It will be a hard game like all against Eibar,” said the Argentine.

“They are the one who presses in the best way among the rivals in Spanish football.

“Drowning the exit and trying to make mistakes. We know about their characteristics and will try especially at home to do it in the best way.”

Antoine Griezmann will be suspended this weekend, which could force Simeone to start Thomas Lemar up front alongside Alvaro Morata.

Meanwhile, captain Diego Godin has been given the all clear to return after a thigh problem.

MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 02: Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Girona FC at Wanda Metropolitano on April 02, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)