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I Wanted to Leave Chelsea FC Last Summer – Diego Costa



Diego Costa

Chelsea FC striker Diego Costa says he had wanted to leave the English Premier League club last summer.

Costa had joined the Blues for £32 million in 2014, and was understood to be close to a return to former club Atletico Madrid after a difficult 2015-16 campaign.

The Spain international has since then scored 14 Premier League goals, as Chelsea have now taken an eight-point lead courtesy of 13 successive victories.

“Did I want to go? Yes, yes, I was about to leave. But not because of Chelsea,” said the 28-year-old. “There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but it wasn’t to be, and I continue to be happy here,” he added.

Costa scored 20 goals in his first season in England, as Chelsea won the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho.

But he had netted only four more by the time Mourinho was sacked in December 2015, finishing the season with 12 before being heavily linked with a move.

Brazil-born Costa says he has also made a conscious effort to curb his aggressive nature on the pitch.

“I knew I had to improve that aspect, because here in the Premier League there is no mercy,” he said.

“A lot of the time it seemed (referees) were against me. If they’re not going to change, I had to change.”

Chelsea will return to action against London rivals Tottenham on Wednesday.



    January 3, 2017 at 12:42 am

    He should have left.
    Chelsea must go down!
    Liverpool MUST win PL

    • Anon

      January 3, 2017 at 4:47 am

      Oh yes. When ‘Pool gets a world class keeper. Can’t rely on Mignolet and Karius to keep the sticks.

    • Susan

      January 4, 2017 at 2:21 am

      Ckjacob in your dreams. Take Mane and Coutinho away from Liverpool and you guys are nothing. Win the league indeed.


    January 3, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Footballer looking like a wrestler.

    • Olanma

      January 4, 2017 at 2:22 am

      He’s still the top scorer in the EPL regardless. Your players that look like ball boys; where are they?

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