I was wrong to join Chelsea in 2014 - Diego Costa

I was wrong to join Chelsea in 2014 – Diego Costa


Diego Costa has revealed that he made a wrong choice going to Chelsea but insisted that he “was very happy” at the club.

The Spain international departed Stamford Bridge in September 2017 following a bitter falling out with manager Antonio Conte, who informed the striker via text that he was not part of his future plans.

Costa initially went AWOL, weeks after playing a pivotal role in the Blues’ Premier League title success, before eventually being granted his return to the Spanish capital.

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Speaking about the switch 12 months on, the 29-year-old says that he does not regret going on strike.

“I wanted to play. Chelsea are also a big club. At that time, I needed to change,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “I’d done things very well and wanted to try something different. I was very happy at the club and with the fans, they had a great affection for me. I’m always proud and that gives me confidence, I feel comfortable.

“I left, I won two Premier League titles… I already told [Diego Simeone] that he had to sign me to start winning things. He knows that I love him, and the group… almost all of them were still there. When I left, I was leaving some colleagues I’d known since I was 10. 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 (Simeone) is a direct coach, and when he doesn’t love you, it’s clear and he facilitates it. At Chelsea it was the opposite.

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“I had the option of returning to Atleti and when Chelsea told me to go back to training with the B team… 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.”

Costa scored 52 goals across three Premier League campaigns for Chelsea.

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