Whether you loved him or you hated him, most people in England will admit that they miss Diego Costa, in one way or another.
The former Chelsea striker certainly made a name for himself during his three-year stay in London.
He was a goal scoring behemoth, he was a demon of the dark arts and he was a free-spirited behind-the-scenes prankster.
However you remember the Brazilian-born Spain international, you probably won’t be forgetting about him any time soon, given how effectively he stamped - quite literally in some cases (*cough* Emre Can *cough*) - his authority on the Premier League.
Having been brought to Chelsea by Jose Mourinho and having played alongside Nemanja Matic for three seasons, Costa couldn’t resist commenting on the Serb’s instagram post of him and his manager, both now at Manchester United, sharing a pot of coffee.
Costa wrote: “Father and son,” which is fairly apt given that the Portuguese manager has signed Matic twice.
Costa won two Premier League titles in three seasons at Chelsea and quickly became a fan-favourite at Stamford Bridge.
But in January 2017, the 29-year-old, who never quite settled in London, made a push for the exit door, but Antonio Conte, keen to keep his title challenge on track, refused to let him leave.
This altercation eventually led to Costa’s departure with the striker infamously being told via text message that he wasn’t in the manager’s plans for the forthcoming season.
Costa, desperate for a move back to Atletico Madrid, then went AWOL, failed to report for training and decided to head back to Brazil and go jet-skiing with his labrador, among other things.
The striker re-joined Atletico in September, after the transfer window closed, so was unable to make his return until January, but when he did, he did so in typical Costa style.
During his first two games, he scored two goals and was sent off. Classic Diego.
Costa’s exit from Chelsea coincided with Matic’s, two players who were pivotal in both title winning campaigns in the last three years, and Blues fans are still feeling the effects with neither Tiemoue Bakayoko nor Alvaro Morata quite living up to the standards set by their predecessors.News Now - Sport News