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Former Chelsea midfielder Deco believes that Antonio Conte selling Diego Costa was the beginning of the end for the Italian at Stamford Bridge.

Costa played a starring role in Chelsea’s Premier League title win during Conte’s debut season as manager. The Spaniard scored 20 Premier League goals and led by example at the spearhead of the attack.

However, his relationship with Conte fast deteriorated and it became clear that the pair could no longer work together. After speculation that Costa could move to the Chinese Super League, he eventually re-joined Atletico Madrid.

Alvaro Morata has not proven himself to be an adequate replacement for Costa, who was dearly missed last season. Former Chelsea and Barcelona mastermind Deco believes that allowing the 29-year-old to leave the club was Conte’s biggest mistake.

Deco is quoted by the Express saying:

“But Chelsea they won last season and for me they lost one important player like Diego Coata, that’s my opinion.”

“The way they play, Diego was very important for them. It was difficult to find a substitution. Morata is not the same, even Giroud is not the same. Diego was for me the perfect player for the way Conte played.”

We do not agree that Conte made a mistake selling Costa. He pushed to leave, he didn’t appear to have any intention of carrying on at Chelsea. The mistakes were made in not finding a suitable replacement. Said mistakes can be rectified this summer.

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