Cape Town - Spain international striker Diego Costa has admitted that he made a mistake by leaving
Atletico Madrid for Premier League outfit Chelsea.
The Brazilian-born Spanish international
joined the Blues from the Primera Division club in 2014.
The former Braga and Valladolid striker went
onto win the Premier League twice with the west London side, first with Jose
Mourinho at the helm, and then under Antonio Conte.
He was, however, unwanted the season after
helping Chelsea claim league honours in 2017, despite playing a significant
role in the club's success with 20 goals and eight assists in 35 league games.
Conte initially fell out with Costa in
January 2017 after a reported Chinese Super League move fell through.
After helping Chelsea to the league title,
Costa was reportedly told via text message that he wasn't in his manager's
plans for the following season.
Speaking to Marca, Costa revealed: "I
was wrong going to Chelsea, because of their way of dealing with things. Cholo
[Atletico coach Diego Simeone] is a direct coach, and when he doesn't love you,
it's clear and he shows it.
"At Chelsea it was the opposite. I had
the option of returning to Atleti and when Chelsea told me to go back to
training with the reserves, I was clear that I was going back to Atletico, even
though there were other offers.
"If not, I would've stayed in Brazil
with my family. I had to live my whole life with my family. I have other values
that no money can buy."
Costa ultimately returned to Atletico but couldn’t
play for four months, having been signed outside the transfer window, while
Atletico were banned on registering new players.
Costa has since reestablished himself with Atletico,
who play Real Madrid on Saturday.
He added: "Cholo has always been
important, because of the coach and the person he is. I love him as a person.
"He's always been very direct to deal
with. When he told me, he wanted me to come back, it was like I'd never left.
"Here I have everything; a very big club
in a big city and people are more similar to Brazil. Cholo is the boss and I
was excited. I was happy to return."