Diego Costa is returning to Atletico Madrid where he spent four years of his career before he joined Chelsea back in 2014. With the confirmation given on Tuesday night, the Brazil international expressed his love for his Chelsea fans and gave his farewell message to them via his Facebook page.
“Some cycles begin while others end. My cycle at Chelsea began three years ago – three remarkable years in all aspects – and I will never forget it.
“Two championship titles, a Community Shield, 120 matches, 59 goals and 24 assists later this cycle has ended. Not the way I would have wanted – far from it – but the best way possible.
“The wonderful fans of such equally admirable club and all team-mates, as well as all clinical, administrative and logistics staff will remain forever in my mind and in my heart.
“Will bring them with me with the certainty that I will always be by their side as well, and I’m sure they will understand the reason why this cycle of mine has now ended – because I could not lose faith in myself. Thank you Chelsea for everything!”
While Costa thanked his fans, the striker did not mention Antonio Conte and the coaching staff at Chelsea. The striker will be back to play for Atletico from January 1.