Costa reveals one mistake he made at Chelsea

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 28/09/2018

Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid

Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa has revealed that he made one mistake in joining Chelsea and hit out at former club manager Antonio Conte.

The 29-year-old Spain international moves to Stamford Bridge in July 2014 campaign for a reported £35 million (€40m) and he went on to scored 59 goals from 120 appearances, winning two Premier League titles and League Cup, but was allegedly deemed surplus to requirements by the Italian.

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Costa falls out with Conte in January 2017 when the La Liga striker was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League before he told by former Juventus boss via text message that he did not have a future at Chelsea.

The Brazil descent told Marca, referencing Conte's sacking in July he said: "It was a very bad moment, but it wasn't my fault. People said things, but time puts everything in its place; look where the coach is, look at Conte," 

"I was wrong going to Chelsea, because of their way of dealing with things. Cholo [Atletico coach Diego Simeone] is a direct coach, and when he doesn't love you, it's clear and he shows it.

"At Chelsea it was the opposite. I had the option of returning to Atleti and when Chelsea told me to go back to training with the reserves, I was clear that I was going back to Atletico, even though there were other offers.

"If not, I would've stayed in Brazil with my family. I had to live my whole life with my family. I have other values that no money can buy."

"Cholo has always been important, because of the coach and the person he is," Costa said. "I love him as a person.

"He's always been very direct to deal with. When he told me he wanted me to come back, it was like I'd never left.

"Here I have everything; a very big club in a big city and people are more similar to Brazil. Cholo is the boss and I was excited. I was happy to return."

Costa helped Simeone's side to win the Europa League last season on his return, scoring the only goal in the semi-final second leg victory over Arsenal.

He has so far notched three goals in eight appearances this season as Atletico remain two points behind title rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.