Liverpool dealt blow in chase for Brazil international

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Diego Costa has insisted that he's happy to stay at Atletico Madrid, despite reports linking him with a move to Liverpool. 

Costa, who scored 20 goals in 44 appearances for the Spanish outfit last season, has been the subject of a £21.8 million bid from the Reds. 

Brendan Rodgers had wanted to take the Brazilian international to Merseyside, as a replacement for Luis Suarez, who's Anfield career continues to be filled with uncertainty. 

However, Costa has now suggested that he wants to stay in La Liga next season and is happy at Atletico. 

When discussing the possibility of leaving Spain, the 24-year-old told AS: "I'm well here, I'm happy here.

"As I've been in Argentina and Uruguay I've not heard anything about this.

"I'm happy here, if the club want me to be here, I'm going to be here.

"I think that the coach (Diego Simeone) counts on all of us, not just me. He knows how important it is to maintain the squad, the fans know it as well."

Brendan Rodgers was hoping to bring in the forward to help build a challenge for Champions League qualification next season, however any potential move for the star now looks unlikely.

The Reds begin their Premier League campaign at Anfield, against Stoke City, on August 17.

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