Diego Costa has lifted the lid on his fall out with Antonio Conte during their time together at Chelsea – with the Atletico Madrid forward still appearing to hold a grudge against the Italian.
The 29-year-old joined Chelsea from Atletico in the summer of 2014 under the management of Jose Mourinho and went on to score 59 goals in 120 matches during his time with the club.
He played a pivotal role as Conte secured the Premier League title in his debut season in England, but was then deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
Costa refused to return to Chelsea’s Cobham training base during the summer of 2017 and instead remained in Brazil until Atletico struck a deal to re-sign him.
“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, referencing Conte’s sacking in the summer.
“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.