It was Conte’s fault
Dieog Costa’s exit from Chelsea was a huge mess.
Both the player and the club ended up making far more headlines than they’d have wanted.
The main issue on Chelsea’s side was former manager Antonio Conte.
Now, Costa has opened up about the issues he had with Conte.
He also made a jibe about Conte no longer having a job.
“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,” Costa told Marca.
“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.”
Love for Simeone
One person who’s been key to Costa’s happiness is Diego Simeone.
Costa made it clear just how much he enjoys working with the Atleti manager.
One of his key qualities is how upfront he is – and Costa made reference to that.
He carried on: “Cholo has always been important, because of the coach and the person he is. I love him as a person.
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“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.”