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Costa insists he has no issue with Conte after transfer is agreed

Chelsea confirmed on Thursday that troubled striker Diego Costa had agreed a deal to sign for Atletico Madrid. The Spanish international had been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte, apparently receiving a text in the summer to say he would not be needed at the club.

The 28-year-old was never seen at Stamford Bridge again, and refused to return to training as the new season rolled on. This caused much outage from fans and pundits, who deemed the striker’s professionalism as a disgrace.

However, it seems that the nightmare is finally over for both Costa and Chelsea, with the Blues releasing this statement on their website:

“Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.”

“The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.”

Despite scoring 20 goals in 35 appearances last season for Chelsea, helping the Blues on their way to winning the Premier League title, Conte was clearly not a fan of the forward’s attitude. It looked as if the striker would leave Stamford Bridge for China back in January, but 9 months later he will be returning to former club Atletico – for a fee believed to be at least £50m.

When asked if Costa was upset at the way manager Antonio Conte had treated him, Costa told Splash News: “There’s nothing of the sort there, I’m not upset with anybody, I have no bitterness towards anyone. Everything is cool.”

Asked if he had a message for the Chelsea fans, he added: “Everybody knows how much I love the fans.”

Costa joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014, and went on to score 59 goals in 120 appearances – winning two Premier League titles.