Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Gameiro not bothered at being second-choice Atletico target to Diego Costa

Kevin Gameiro has accepted the fact he was Diego Simeone's second choice this summer after the Atletico Madrid boss failed in an attempt to re-sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

France forward Gameiro joined Los Rojiblancos on a four-year deal from Sevilla for a fee worth an initial 32million euros (£27million) at the end of July.

Yet the 29-year-old readily admits Simeone had his sights initially set on former Atletico striker Costa.

Spain international Costa left the Vicente Calderon in 2014 and speculation was rife that he would return to LaLiga this summer after a difficult season with the Blues.

Speaking last month to Spanish television station Movistar, Costa admitted a potential move was not to be "because of some details", while Simeone has spoken openly about the club's bid to bring the striker back.

And Gameiro insists the Atletico manager has always been honest about the situation.

Speaking to Spanish radio station COPE, Gameiro said: "El Cholo (Simeone) phoned me and told me he wanted Diego Costa, but it was very difficult and I was the other option.

"It does not upset me, that happens in football. Now I'm in Madrid and that's the main thing.

"I spoke with Simeone and everything was clear. He is clear and I like that.

"I am very different from Diego Costa, we don't have the same characteristics. Simeone told me that he wanted me, he was clear about that and I was as well."

Reports also linked Gameiro - who scored 16 goals in LaLiga last term - with a move to Barcelona, but the former Paris St Germain striker is happy with his choice.

He added: "I know the attackers at Barca always want to play 90 minutes.

"To have playing time would have been difficult, and the game Atletico play is better suited to my qualities."


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