Spain international Diego Costa exchanged pleasantries and hugs with players and coaching crew from Chelsea ahead of the UEFA Champions League clash against Spanish side Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night which the Blues ran out victorious.
The Brazil –born Spaniard sealed his long-awaited return to Atletico on Tuesday, ending one of the longest summer transfer sagas ever. Diego Costa was told by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in a blunt message that he is not in his first-team plans, inviting the striker – integral to last campaign’s title success – to find a new team.
And earlier in the week, he move back to the Spanish Capital club after the two sides finally agreed on a transfer deal, though he would not be eligible to feature for his new team until New year due to Atleti’s transfer embargo. Despite leaving Stamford Bridge in an unceremonious manner, having refused to go back to the train and instead stayed back in Brazil, The Atletico recruit was all smiles when he came in contact with several of his old colleagues.
Costa, watched from the stands as new side and former team face off in the UEFA Champions League, had enough time to meet some of his old colleagues at Chelsea in the tunnel shortly before match kick-off. Spain international Pedro was the notable member of the Blues’ squad seen talking to Costa.
Antonio Conte’s younger brother, Gianluca – assistant first team coach at Stamford Bridge – greeted Diego Costa with a big hug.