Diego Heading Home
Diego Costa has finally engineered a move for himself away form the toxicity of Stamford Bridge, back to where he has described as "home". A fee was agreed between both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid of somewhere between 57 and 67 million pounds. In my opinion an absolutely smashing deal for both clubs given the current economic climate in the football world and also taking into account that the Brazilian born striker was realistically never going to play again for the blues under the current regime.
Upon arriving at the Barajas airport in Madrid, Costa had the following to say according to Marca, "I wanted to return. I'm not going to be ungrateful to Chelsea, where I was also very happy, playing in a team that was great. Atletico is my home and I'm here." Surprisingly he didn't lay into Chelsea or former boss Conte even though he is partially to blame for the state of the relationship between both club and former manager. Costa also said "It always makes you a little nervous when time is passing by, but Miguel Angel Gil (Atletico chief exec) has made a great effort and I'm grateful to him, like everybody at the club. I'm very happy and will try to show my thanks in some way."
If you were to spend a few minutes scrolling through twitter looking at anything related to the Costa move you might be coerced into believing it's a bad move for the wealthy Russian crooks football club. Tweets like the below from Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph would have you believing it was a bad move.
Costa originally arrived at Stamford Bridge for a fee reportedly of 32 million quid. Considering the goals he's scored since joining in 2014, 59 in 120 appearances, Chelsea have most certainly managed to get the absolute best out of a bad situation. By bad situation I'm referring to the fact that Costa is Chelsea's best striker. He fired them to two league titles while he was playing for the Londoners. Obviously its not ideal for a club to lose their best striker, probably one of the top 3 strikers in the Premier League, however when that striker is most likely going to end up running down his contract while having the reserves for company then I'd argue that you're not really losing anything at all. In fact the player has already been lost. In January of this year it looked like he was off to China but was persuaded by Conte to stay. A great move at the time given the goals he scored in the prevailing few months. 60 odd million pounds for a player that has already been lost is flipping good business by anyone's standards.
The Brazilians temperament has always been under scrutiny and rightly so. The guy likes to win at all costs and is willing to play dirty to ensure that. Over his Chelsea career he's goaded a number of opposition payers into seeing red, personally something I admire and I would imagine there a very few Chelsea fans delighted to see his demise at the club. However he himself was also easily goaded into seeing red, something that his new boss Simeone will have to curb. No better man for the job.
Costa will certainly be a loss to the Premier League as he provided great entertainment along with his footballing abilities. He reveled in the role as pantomime villain. Atletico will be delighted to have a player of his ilk back and will only hope he can reproduce the form he showed that he showed before his move to the English capital. He did admit however to not being in the best shape having missed preseason and had this to say about Atletico's fitness coach "I'm not as bad as some say and here we have El Profe Ortega (Atletico's fitness coach Oscar Ortega) who is going to have me in shape. The scales don't scare me, his training sessions scare me!" The Rojiblancos have a transfer ban until January 2018 so Costa won't be seen in the red and white before that.