Chelsea striker Diego Costa is one of the main reasons behind the Blues’ incredible and record breaking run of 13 straight wins in the Premier League, but he has now admitted he was close to leaving the club before the start of this season, 90min reports.
The Spanish international is the top flight’s top scorer with 14 goals, while Chelsea sit at the top of the table six points clear, but it could have been a very different story, as the Daily Mail reported.
No player in Europe’s top 5 leagues has been directly involved in more goals this season than Diego Costa (19).
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“It was not to be, I was about to leave. I was about to… but, well, I’m happy here as well and that’s that. I had the possibility to go to Atletico, because of a few things: the family, the life I have there. But not because of Chelsea, because here there’s a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I’m very happy here, I’m very content.
“There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but, well, it wasn’t to be and I continue to be happy here. It was important too that the manager (Antonio Conte), from the very first minute, said he counted on me.
“I know when I do bad, so I thought about it and knew I had to improve that aspect because, here in the Premier League, the reality is there’s no mercy. A lot of the time it seemed like they (the referees) were against me. There was no other way, because if they’re not going to change, I had to change.
“The truth is things are coming out well for me this season. The team has changed, not just me. Last season, we felt a frustration. We didn’t give the account of ourselves we should have done. We weren’t the team we should be. I wasn’t the player I should be. This season it has changed. The manager has come, and he’s applied his ideas, and things are going well.”