Diego Costa has spoken of his delight at receiving a heat reception from Chelsea followers on his return to Stamford Bridge, insisting his exit was all the way down to former supervisor Antonio Conte and never for an absence of affection for the membership.
Costa spent three seasons in west London and performed a starring function in two Premier League title wins, scoring 59 targets in 120 video games for Chelsea earlier than signing for Atletico Madrid once more after a fall-out with Conte.
He made his first return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday with new aspect Wolves on Saturday, falling to a 3-0 defeat at his former membership. He was cheered and applauded by residence followers previous to kick-off and after he was substituted.
Talking to ESPN post-match, Costa revealed he was relieved that Chelsea supporters keep in mind him fondly, pointing the finger at ex-Blues boss Conte for his departure on the finish of 2017.
“It was particular,” Costa mentioned of his reception. “Feeling that you just did your job if you have been right here after which leaving with good reminiscences.
“Receiving this affection from the Chelsea followers. I’ve at all times had affection. I’ve nothing to complain in regards to the Chelsea followers. Once I was right here, they at all times handled me properly.
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Talking on his exit from the membership, Costa added: “It wasn’t the followers. It was with that coach [Conte]. I had an excellent relationship with the Chelsea followers. I used to be a champion! It was within the yr that we gained the second title. He didn’t depend on me as a lot and I couldn’t keep.
“The love I obtained at this time reveals that I used to be by no means combating with the followers. However I needed to go away. It wasn’t my problem.
“It was due to the coach at that second. At present is proof that the gang has at all times been by my aspect and had affection for me.”