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Koke: "Diego Costa is a great footballer and has character"

Atlético also welcomed Radamel Falcao back to training today after the striker returned from Miami after Colombia's friendly against Guatmala, which he played no part in.

Koke: "Diego Costa is a great footballer and has character"
Koke

Atlético Madrid welcomed Radamel Falcao back to training today after the striker returned from Miami for Colombia's friendly against Guatemala, which he played no part in.

Diego Simeone had all of his squad available for the training session and invited youngsters Javier Manquillo and Óliver Torres to take part too.

After the session midfielder Koke gave a brief press conference to talk about Atleti's opponents on Sunday, Madrid neighbours Rayo Vallecano.

"It's going to be a very difficult game because Rayo have played some very good matches this season, especially at home," he said.

"We have to go there and play well and win, but it's going to be even more difficult because it's a derby," he added.

Koke also praised his team-mate Diego Costa, who scored Atlético's winning goal against Real Betis last weekend, but who will be unable to play against Rayo.

"He is a great footballer, he has a lot of character and he has his own way of playing when he is on the pitch. He does his job and people focus on other aspects of his game too much."

And he remarked that Mario Suárez, who made his debut for Spain on Wednesday against Uruguay "is in a happy mood, it's always great when a player plays for his country".

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