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- Updated: January 2, 2017
He may be smacking in goals for fun right now, but had things turned out according to plan in the summer, Chelsea striker Diego Costa would not be at the club right now.
Costa, who had signed for the Blues in a deal worth £32m in 2014, was set to return to former club Atletico Madrid after enduring a forgettable campaign last year. While he has said the decision had nothing to do with Chelsea, use your own judgement to see where the truth lies.
“Did I want to go? Yes, yes, I was about to leave. But not because of Chelsea,” said the 28-year-old striker. “There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but it wasn’t to be, and I continue to be happy here.” Continue being the questionable word.
The Spain international has since scored 14 Premier League goals, as Chelsea have taken a six-point lead courtesy of 13 successive victories.
Though Costa scored 20 goals in his first season for a title-winning Chelsea team under Jose Mourinho, he netted only four times before the Portuguese tactician was given the boot in December, 2015. Perhaps the weight of a poor World Cup was bearing heavy on the aggressive Brazil-born forward.
Talking about aggression, Costa, who has visibly calmed down this year, spoke about how it has been a conscious effort. “I knew I had to improve that aspect (aggression) because here in the Premier League, there is no mercy,” he said. Wonder why he would specify the EPL. Is the La Liga easier on those who bite or punch their opponents?
“A lot of the time it seemed like the referees were against me. If they’re not going to change, I had to change.” Oh Costa, you are a real gem!
Chelsea will face London rivals Tottenham on Wednesday.