Diego Costa has taken another swipe at ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte over the way he handled things
The Brazilian-born striker went AWOL last year after receiving a text message from Conte informing him that he was no longer a part of his plans at Chelsea.
Costa had been an integral member of the Blues squad that won the Premier League twice in the past three seasons before he left in January to return to Atletico Madrid.
The 29-year-old now feels that going to Stamford Bridge in the first place was a mistake and revealed just how frustrated he was with how Chelsea handled his feud with Conte.
“I don’t regret that experience as the Premier League is impressive,” Costa told Marca.
“I wanted to play. Chelsea are also a big club. At that time, I needed to change. I’d done things very well and wanted to try something different. I was very happy at the club and with the fans, they had a great affection for me.
“I’m always proud and that gives me confidence, I feel comfortable. I left, I won two Premier League titles… I already told him (Simeone) that he had to sign me to start winning things.
— Diego Costa (@diegocosta) August 16, 2018
“He knows that I love him, and the group… almost all of them were still there. When I left, I was leaving some colleagues I’d known since I was 10.
‘It was a very bad moment but it wasn’t my fault. People said things, but time puts everything in its place.
“Look where the coach is, look at Conte. I was wrong going to Chelsea because of their way of dealing with things. Cholo [Simeone] is a direct coach, and when he doesn’t love you, it’s clear and he facilitates 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 B team… 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 managed 58 goals and 24 assists in 120 appearances for Chelsea, while also winning the Premier League twice along with the League Cup.
After returning to Atletico in January, Costa helped Diego Simeone’s side win the Europa League and has scored three times in eight games this season.