Wednesday 28 September 2016

Diego Costa too honest for his own good in this interview

Published 31/08/2016 | 00:12

Diego Costa has admitted he wanted to leave Chelsea to return to Atletico Madrid this summer. Photo: PA
Diego Costa has admitted he wanted to leave Chelsea to return to Atletico Madrid this summer. Photo: PA

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has admitted that he wanted to re-sign for his former club Atletico Madrid this summer, in comments that may not go down too well with his employers at Stamford Bridge.

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Costa was strongly linked with a return to Atletico ahead of the new Premier League season, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitting he did not know whether his club would hang on to the bad-boy Spain striker.

Yet Costa has remained at Chelsea and has started the campaign in decent form, with the Blues collecting a maximum nine points from their opening three Premier League matches.

Now Costa has confirmed that he regrets not making the move back to work with Atletico manager Diego Simeone once again, as he spoke honestly while on duty with the Spain national team.

“I wished I could go back to Atletico, I’m not going to lie,” he said in a TV interview with Movistar Plus

“Everyone knows what happened to me there [England], with the language, the weather and everything, but I can’t complain because I’m a boy whom the fans love, at Chelsea they respect me.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, pictured left, has seen Diego Costa, right, score the winner in two Premier League games
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, pictured left, has seen Diego Costa, right, score the winner in two Premier League games

“I had the chance to go back but I couldn’t, because of a few details. I’m grateful to the people at Atletico, to Cholo (Simeone) especially, who has always put his confidence in me.”

Costa has returned to international duty after being left out of the Spain squad for the Euro 2016 finals this summer, with speculation over his future at Chelsea unlikely to subside after these comments.

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