Chelsea star Diego Costa confirms he tried to work his way out to his former club Atletico Madrid in the summer. The Spaniard also admitted that his relations with manager Antonio Conte did not start off well. Costa, 28, was keen on a return to Madrid after a poor season as they failed to retain their title miserably. The Chelsea striker spoke to El Larguero, a sports program on Spain’s premier radio network Cadena SER ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Israel.
“Atletico knows I have a special feeling for the team, I lived the best moment of my career there. El Cholo [Diego Simeone] knows it wasn’t impossible for me to come back to Atletico.
The relationship with Conte didn’t start well because when he arrived I told him I wanted to go to Atletico. Chelsea’s fans love me a lot, even more than in Atletico.”
Costa also stated that the Spanish club had let him down and he had no option from there on.
“When Atletico had to wait for me they didn’t, there was still a month to go in the transfer market.
I’ve done everything to come back to Atletico Madrid but I wouldn’t fight the same to return. When Atletico didn’t wait for me, I had to go to Conte with the tail between my legs.”
— El Larguero (@ellarguero) March 22, 2017
Costa was further involved in a reported bust-up with his manager this January sparking rumors of a mega-move to China. The Spaniard was said to be offered a whopping £30m-a-year deal with the transfer fee approaching £80m. However, Chelsea refused the offer and Costa worked his way into the Blues’ setup. Antonio Conte would be happy that his striker has finally shrugged off the media attention and led Chelsea to the top of the Premier League scoring 17 goals on the way.
His long-term future at the club is still a major doubt after he failed to rule out a move in the future.
“In life, anything can happen and I do not close the door to anything. In football you are worth what you are worth when you are good. And why not? But right now I am good at Chelsea…I have two years left on my contract and I intend to fulfil them.
“But you never know. It’s not impossible to reject it because there are things to assess. You have to think about it all. I do not rule out anything. If they come with something for Chelsea and the club tell me to go…I can go to China or elsewhere.”
A return to his former side Atletico Madrid could be a major possibility with Manchester United being heavily linked with Frenchman Antoine Griezmann. We wonder what the summer transfer window holds for Chelsea and their hitman Diego Costa as the Blues seem clear favorites for the league title.