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Diego Costa Has Left The Building

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.



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Writer:techlec2000
Date:Friday September 22 2017
Time: 8:48PM

Comments

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Not a moment too soon. Can't wait or the next Chelsea/ Atletico match. Hoping that we mash them into the ground with a cricket score....
Blue_Mel
22/09/2017 21:23:00
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wait for *
Blue_Mel
22/09/2017 21:24:00
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I thought he will not be eligible to play for them until January?
Jerry O
22/09/2017 22:02:00
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No, he can't, Jerry but he's still likely to travel with the team and be in the stadium.
techlec2000
22/09/2017 22:15:00
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i would ban him unless he is playing :)
unclezillion
23/09/2017 00:26:00
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No regrets about sending him off, out of 3 seasons we got one and a half where he was great .Sad thing is Griezman to United will probably happen now .
Michael Reid
23/09/2017 03:35:00
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One more thing, i read on Twitter the deal is we stuck is a loan with a commitment to but next summer for 57 mil inc add on's, either way its over. You just know we will get them again if we reach the quarters or semi's . If the loan story is accurate than remember the Courtois saga .
Michael Reid
23/09/2017 03:42:00
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buy i meant not but .
Michael Reid
23/09/2017 03:43:00
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It's unfortunate how this has played out and the negativity created against CFC. Costa has made no credible attempt to thank the fans for all their support through thick & thin and that for me is unacceptable. You could nearly write the script that CFC & AM will clash at the latter stages of the CL. Good riddance Costa, you're more trouble than you're worth.
BlackRussian
23/09/2017 09:37:00
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Good business for Chelsea.....we move on quickly. good thing is AM (Alvaro Morata) seems to be learning. I saw some attempt to bully Arsenal in the second half....he even got a yellow. Intresting. Keep at it boy....you'll perfect the act. This is no league for sisi. Lolz
elemzy
23/09/2017 12:49:00
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