Diego Costa gets dream return to Spain

Diego Costa gets dream return to Spain

Diego Costa gets dream return to Spain

"Costa was brilliant at taking it up to the line and then stepping back, affecting opposition teams", former striker, Hughes told reporters before Stoke welcome Chelsea in the league today. We have to work for the present and future to build something important.

Costa was deemed surplus to requirements over the summer by Conte after he sent his top scorer a text message telling him he would not be in his plans for this season.

■ 20 - Goals for Costa in both of Chelsea's 2014-15 and 2016-17 Premier League title-winning seasons.

In any case, the change had the desired effect as Chelsea kept a clean sheet, running out 4-0 winners courtesy of a hat-trick from Alvaro Morata and a strike from Pedro.

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Saturday's win lifted Chelsea up to third place in the Premier League table as Conte's side look to try and defend the title they won last season.

And now, the controversial forward has returned to Madrid, and Atletico's current star striker, Antoine Griezmann, seems to be particularly pleased with Costa's return, as he expressed his delight on the social media platform once the official statement was released.

That means that Costa will not be able to play against Chelsea when the sides meet in the Champions League group stages.

"I think this is very important for Chelsea".

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The game left us with a good impression.

When pressed about Costa, Conte said: "I repeat now I'm not interested in talking about the past".

The situation involving Costa was an unwanted distraction at the start of Chelsea's season and Conte understandably wants to leave the whole sorry episode in the past, though he was keen to extend his gratitude for Costa's efforts last season.

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"Don't forget his previous experience - he didn't play a lot with Juventus and Real Madrid but now he has a great chance to show that he is a really good striker, a fantastic striker", Conte added about Morata.

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