Liverpool's summer target Diego Costa has quashed rumours linking him with a January move to Anfield.
The big striker's buyout clause of £22million was met by the Reds in the summer transfer window, however, the Brazilian turned down the offer of three-times his salary to then sign a new contract with his current club which runs until 2018.
"I was very close to leaving - Liverpool is a great team. But after so much fighting and overcoming so many difficulties to win my place at Atletico, I couldn't go," he said.
Costa's new contract in Madrid has doubled his salary and he feels his progression as a footballer will be benefited by staying at the club.
"I will stay at Atletico, I think it is important for me to continue growing here and playing here for many years to come," he added.
The striker joined Atletico in 2007, but after going on loan three times in two seasons, Costa joined Valladolid for one season. He then rejoined Atletico in 2010 but was loaned to Rayo Vallecano in 2012 before returning once again to secure his place in the team.
Liverpool signed Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo and Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea to help bolster their attacking line. Luis Suarez must serve three more matches in the stands before returning to the team.
It seems manager Brendan Rodgers will need to look elsewhere if he is to add yet more attacking talent to his attacking line-up.
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