Cape Town - Diego
Costa has revealed the extent to which he tried to engineer a return to
Atletico Madrid before finally ending up in front of Chelsea boss
Antonio Conte with his "tail between his legs".
Costa, who netted 20 goals as the Blues claimed the 2014/15 Premier
League title, was keen to return to his former club as Chelsea failed
miserably in their title defence under Jose Mourinho.
Costa still weighed in with 12 goals last term, and having pledged
himself to the club and new boss Antonio Conte, the striker is back to
his concentrated best with 17 goals in 26 Premier League games this
After talks with his former side broke down, Costa found himself back in London where he had to face Conte.
Speaking to El Larguero, he said: "Atletico knows I have a
special feeling for the team, I lived the best moment of my career
there. El Cholo [Diego Simeone] knows it wasn't impossible for me to
come back to Atletico.
"The relationship with Conte didn't start well because when he
arrived I told him I wanted to go to Atletico. Chelsea's fans love me a
lot, even more than in Atletico, figure that!
"When Atletico had to wait for me they didn't, there was still a month to go in the transfer market.
"I've done everything to come back to Atletico Madrid but I wouldn't
fight the same to return. When Atletico didn't wait for me, I had to go
to Conte with the tail between my legs."
Costa was close to leaving Chelsea again in January when a reported
£30m-a-year offer was made for his services by a Chinese Premier League
Costa added: "In life, anything can happen and I do not close the
door to anything. In football you are worth what you are worth when you
are good. And why not? But right now I am good at Chelsea…I have two
years left on my contract and I intend to fulfil them.
"But you never know. It's not impossible to reject it because there
are things to assess. You have to think about it all. I do not rule out
anything. If they come with something for Chelsea and the club tell me
to go…I can go to China or elsewhere."