- Diego Costa was unveiled as an Atletico Madrid player on Sunday
- The combative player still has respect for Chelsea despite the manner in which he left the club
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The 29-year-old will officially become an Atletico Madrid player on Monday when the January transfer window opens.
The rift between manager Antonio Conte and Costa fuelled the controversial forward’s departure from Stamford Bridge.
The Italian told Costa he wasn’t part of his plans through a text message. Not the best way to go about it but it was clear the charismatic boss was aggravated by the Brazilian.
When speaking to reporters after being unveiled at the La Liga side, Costa praised his former employers despite leaving in dramatic circumstances.
The Express quotes Costa saying:
“I was very well, the people, the fans, the teammates have helped me a lot. They made my life easier.”
“Chelsea is a great club. I have a special affection for them and there are only good memories.”
The end of what was a special relationship with Costa
It’s clear that the Spanish national team player had no problem with Chelsea.
Despite the great role Costa played in leading the club to success with two Premier League titles and a Leaue Cup triumph, the club took a professional decision in selling the player.
Throughout his time with us, Costa scored 59 goals and many of them being important strikes. 1-0 wins over teams like Middlesbrough, West Brom and Crystal Palace last season were down to his goalscoring instincts.
Even though he left Chelsea in not the way he may have wanted, Costa is a player that will always be remembered by Blues fans.