Diego Costa Has Left The Building
Chelsea have finally managed to negotiate Diego Costa`s dream move back to his beloved Atletico Madrid. In a saga that has dragged on all summer the Brazilian born Spanish international has been AWOL since receiving a text, from Antonio Conte, telling him he was surplus to requirements this season.
Understandably Costa`s popularity amongst Chelsea fans has dropped somewhat since he took it upon himself to disown the club. When he signed back in 2014, he was pleased to have arrived in London,
`I am very happy to sign for Chelsea. Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach (Jose Mourinho) and team-mates. Having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining.`
Chelsea and Madrid have agreed a fee for Costa this week and he is set to re-join Atletico for a fee believed to be in the region of £58m, which has to be considered good business for Chelsea. The sale takes Chelsea`s net spend for the summer to just £16m. Of the players moved on, the only two likely to have been first team players are Nemanja Matic (28), and Costa (29). With Tiemoue Bakayoko (22) and Alvaro Morata (24) joining, the average age of the squad has dropped from last season.
Chelsea`s disgraceful (my words, hands up, although I was being slightly provocative) transfer window starts to look a whole lot better. Optimism abounds now for a club that were on the brink of a meltdown just one month ago. The fact that the much maligned Marina Granovskaia has not been held to ransom by either Costa or Madrid, has to be to her credit. Add to that, the fact that the club would not pay the excessive Mino Raiola agent fees that were allegedly included in the Romelu Lukaku deal and Chelsea`s transfer strategy looks even better.
Now that Costa has arrived in Spain, he has broken his silence as The Express report,
`I'm very happy. It's taken a lot of time but it has a happy ending, Now I'm waiting to see my team-mates and train. I'm looking forward to giving my best as always, and hopefully things go well. It always makes you a little nervous when time is passing by, but (Atletico chief executive) Miguel Angel Gil has made a great effort and I'm grateful to him, like everybody at the club. I`m very happy and will try to show my thanks in some way.`
The source of the Express article is Spanish news outlet Marca,, and it quotes Chelsea`s former striker, who still had two years left on his contract,
`It's not the way I wanted it leave, ever, I have special affection for the people at Chelsea. I'm not a person who is going to smear the image. They know the person I am. I wanted to return (to Atletico). I'm not going to be ungrateful to Chelsea, where I was also very happy, playing in a team that was great. Atletico is my home and I'm here.'
It would have been nice if he could have made particular mention to the Chelsea fans, who, almost relentlessly, shouted his name throughout his time with club. I`m sure in time, he will. If he travels to Stamford Bridge in December when Madrid face Chelsea in the Champions League, it will be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets. My guess would be not great, but Chelsea supporters are a fair bunch when ex-players return to the club.
Speaking at his Friday pre-match press conference Antonio Conte had a few words to finally put the long running saga to bed,
`About this issue, we want to thank him for what he did with this club. We wish him all the best for the future. Now it is not important, I am not interested to continue talking about this issue. I am working with my players and am happy to work them them. This issue is not important. We must work and be ready to fight in every competition. We are Chelsea and have to do the best in every competition. Our target is to do our best every day, week and month in every competition. Now I am not interested to talk about the past. I think the past is not important. For every coach and player, the past stays there. We have to work for the present and future to build something important. We won together last season and for sure we want to thank him for his effort last season, and in the period he played for Chelsea.
Finally and thankfully, Diego Costa has left the building. The End.