Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has revealed a sense of regret at the manner of his exit from Stamford Bridge.
Costa finally completed a move to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea recently after a long and tedious transfer saga and the striker has now expressed his regret upon the nature of his exit from Stamford Bridge, before reiterating that the London club will always be close to his heart.
Following the completion of the move, the 28-year-old spoke with the Marca and expressed all of his frustrations saying, “I didn’t want it to unfold as it did. I have a special affection for the people at Chelsea.
“I don’t want to have an ungrateful attitude towards Chelsea, because I was also very happy there and played in a great team.”
The Brazil born Spanish international also said that he now cannot wait to play for Atletico Madrid again, having featured for the club from 2010 to 2014 and rising to stardom by leading the Spaniards to a sensational La Liga victory during his final season before a departure to Chelsea.
He continued, “Atletico Madrid is my home and here I am. I am very happy. [The negotiations] went on too long, but there was a happy ending in the end.
“Now I’m waiting to see my team-mates and to train. I am not as unfit as some have been saying. There won’t be a lack of determination on my part and I’ll give my best, as has always been the case.”
Costa can only feature for the La Liga side after the January transfer window reopens as Atletico are currently facing a transfer embargo. Until then, the former Chelsea man will have to satisfy himself by training with the first team and working on regaining his match fitness.