Brazilian born Spanish international forward Diego Costa has revealed that he nearly quit Chelsea this summer but changed his mind because of the love of the fans.
The 27-year-old was an instant hit in the premier league after he joined from Atletico Madrid for a whopping £32m in the 2013/14 season, helping the Blues to the premier league title.
However, it all fell apart for Costa as he picked up multiple suspensions and struggled with injuries. He later claimed that he was targeted by referees and desperately wanted a return to Atletico Madrid but the deal did not happen due to ‘minor details’.
“The truth is that I had hope of returning [to Atletico],” the Spain international told Movistar Plus ahead of the side’s friendly with Belgium.
“I won’t lie, because everyone knows what I’m going through with the language, some things.
“There was always the possibility to return but it could not be due to a few minor details.
“But I can’t complain because the people there [at Chelsea] love me, and the fans want me and respect me.”
Costa added: “I will always thank the people of Atleti, Cholo [Simeone] especially because he always had confidence in me.
“But I am now at Chelsea, I am good, the league has started and now we have to think in that.
“I hope Atleti do as well as last season and they can win some trophies.”
Costa was dropped for the Euro 2016 tournament but returns to the Spain side preparing to face Belgium this week.