Diego Costa who will return to Atletico Madrid after Chelsea agreed to sell him back to Spain for a fee of over £60 million, says he is not holding any grudges with his boss Antonio Conte.
Although Costa was able to score 20 goals in 35 appearances last season, Conte still feels Costa was just a surplus.
The 28-year-old refused to return to Chelsea’s Cobham training base in August as he fails to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge. He remained in Brazil hoping that Chelsea could prepare a move for him right away.
The bittersweet relationship of Conte and Costa have most thinking if the player was upset with the way he was treated by Conte.
“There’s nothing of the sort there, I’m not upset with anybody, I have no bitterness towards anyone. Everything is cool.”
“Everybody knows how much I love the fans,” Costa said when he was asked about his message to Chelsea’s fans.
Atletico had failed to push through a move during the summer transfer deadline and while the two clubs have already settled a fee, Costa would not be able to play for them until January due the transfer ban.
Costa played four years for Atletico Madrid then joined Chelsea in July 2014 for £32 million.