Diego Costa has revealed that he hasn’t considered a return to Atletico Madrid, despite rumours over the course of the summer transfer window that implied the Spanish outfit were on his mind.
As relayed by the London Evening Standard, the Chelsea star, who was integral to the side that romped to the Premier League title last term, made it clear that he is happy at Stamford Bridge amid speculation that he might be discontented with life in London.
Certain reports in recent weeks claimed to have information that Costa even spoke to Atletico chief Miguel Angel Gil in Ibiza over a potential return, but the player’s most recent comments certainly play down that theory.
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"You only consider that when you receive something [an offer]," Costa said.
Playing down talk
"I had a great season at Chelsea and I was a champion.
"Everyone knows the affection I have for Atletico and how much I like this city, but London is another life and I'm also happy there."
If nothing else the clarification on the subject will put Chelsea fans at ease - that is to say those who were at all worried about the Spain international leaving Stamford Bridge in the near future.
Costa vital for Chelsea
There can be no denying that Costa isn’t one of Jose Mourinho’s most important players - the fact that he bagged 19 Premier League goals last season alone is testament to his ability when spearheading the Special One’s attack.
At just 26-year’s old Costa still has plenty to give the Blues moving forward, and it could be argued he still has to hit his peak as a footballer.
If that’s the case then he will almost certainly be a vital asset for Mourinho moving forward. The last thing the Special One will want is rumours of an Atletico return to surface again.
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