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The Spain international and former Atletico Madrid’s forward Diego Costa, who is currently playing for the Premier League giant Chelsea has recently admitted that he almost left English football for an Atletico Madrid return.
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 1, 2017
The 28-year-old Costa has been in sparkling form so far in 2016-17, rediscovering his best under the tutelage of Antonio Conte, as he has already scored 14 goals in 18 league encounters and is the current top scorer of this season.
But it could all have been so different had the Spain international followed through on his wish to work under former mentor Diego Simeone again at Atletico Madrid.
As the Chelsea star Diego Costa has recently admitted that he was perilously close to jumping ship at Stamford Bridge during a difficult summer for the striker.
As in a recent interview Diego Costa said, “Could I have gone in the summer? Yes, yes. I was about to leave,” he said. “I was about to but, well, I’m 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’s a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I’m here very happy, I'm very content.
“People love me a lot. There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but, well, it wasn’t 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.”
“The truth is the manager is good with the players, every time making more jokes with the players, and that’s good for us, to have a manager who is not just a boss but like a person we can talk with, someone whose support we can count on in difficult moments. He is calm with the players and you can see the people love him more all the time.”