“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.
After months of stand-offs and heated debate, Diego Costa is finally about to complete his return to Atletico Madrid as he prepares for a medical later today.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Costa, who joined Chelsea from Atletico in 2014 for £32million, is expected to attend a medical in Madrid and will be unveiled as an Atletico player in the coming days. A fee in the region of £53million, plus bonuses is to be paid to the Premier League champions.
Eden Hazard says he wants to see Diego Costa end his self-imposed exile and “come back” to Chelsea.
Hazard: “Diego and I have been playing together for three years, we have won everything together except for the Champions League. It’s a pleasure to play with him, he’s a top player and a top person. I would like to see him come back, but I don’t make the decisions. I hope he can find a solution so that we can see him back on the pitch soon.”
The Spanish striker has been absent from the Blues fold since failing to report back for pre-season training in July and was left out of the Blues’ Champions League squad on Monday. The 28-year-old has openly expressed his desire to return to former club Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish club only offered half of the £50m Chelsea asked for to allow him to leave.
Diego Costa has received permission to negotiate a move to Atletico Madrid instead of joining Chelsea for the start of pre-season training. Costa was absent at the club’s Cobham training base. The La Liga side has offered around £26 million for Costa’s signature, but Chelsea is not willing to sell for that figure, and negotiations will reportedly continue through the week as a result. Should a deal fail to materialize, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – who told Costa via text message that he wouldn’t be a part of his plans for the upcoming season – will need to decide if Costa will travel with the club next Monday for its pre-season tour of China and Singapore.
Diego Costa has told Atlético Madrid he wants to re-sign for them. (Via – Sky Sports)
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Costa unsure of his future, suggests loan move before joining Atletico in January
“The truth is I still don’t know [where I will be playing]. I have two more years on my contract with Chelsea. They have to know what they will do with me. I am still waiting for the club’s decision. Signing for Atletico doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t be playing. I could be loaned out. Chelsea are my owners. If they want to sell me, they’ll have to sell me. Conte? There are ways to do and say things… thank God that I’m not without a team.”