“I have a special affection for the people at Chelsea. I don’t want to have an ungrateful attitude towards Chelsea, because I was also very happy there and played in a great team. Atletico Madrid is my home and here I am. I am very happy. [The negotiations] went on too long, but there was a happy ending in the end. Now I’m waiting to see my team-mates and to train.”
Diego Costa regrets the manner of his Chelsea exit and admits to having ‘special affection’ for people at the club. Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, but his stay ended in acrimony as he refused to return to the club after being informed by text message that he was not in Antonio Conte’s plans.