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Diego Costa: I almost joined Atletico in the summer

EPL By: Olakunle Brown | 02/01/2017

Costa the raging bull

Chelsea forward Diego Costa has revealed that he almost returned to Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The 28-year-old who struggled for form last season and bad press has turned it all around this season with some outstanding displays, leading the premier league topscorer’s chat with 14 goals so far.

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Costa’s goals has helped the Blues win 13 consecutive fixtures and Antonio Conte’s men are currently of the premier league log with 49 points.

"Could I have gone in the summer? Yes, yes. I was about to leave," the 28-year-old told The Telegraph.

"I was about to but, well, I am happy here as well and that's that. Did I want to go? Yes, yes. I had the possibility to go to Atletico, because of a few things, the family, the life I have there.

"But not because of Chelsea, because, here, there is a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I am here very happy, I am very content.

"People love me a lot. There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but, well, it was not to be and I continue to be happy here. It was important too that the manager, from the very first minute, said he counted on me."

Costa will certainly start for Chelsea when they travel to White Hart Lane on Wednesday to face in-form Tottenham Hotspur in the first London Derby of 2017.