It’s fairly staggering, actually, that Diego Costa by no means obtained a single pink card throughout any of his 89 Premier League appearances for Chelsea.
He did get despatched off within the FA Cup for confronting Everton’s Gareth Barry, however given the Spaniard actually by no means stopped preventing the opposition, his disciplinary file in England was truly fairly spectacular.
Costa, now 32 and rumoured to be leaving Atletico Madrid on a free switch subsequent month, will dwell lengthy within the reminiscence of Chelsea followers for serving to the membership win Premier League titles in 2015 and 2017.
He can be remembered by each different membership’s fan base for being an absolute menace.
Throughout his time in England, Costa was the pantomime villain, the grasp of the darkish arts whose ferocious nature made him public enemy No.1 all over the place however Stamford Bridge.
All the time eager for a combat, he developed a repute for his fixed scrapping with defenders as a lot as his goalscoring prowess.
Like Luis Suarez, he’s a type of gamers that each supporter would need at their membership, though we like to hate them.
It’s no shock Jose Mourinho selected ‘animal’ when requested for one phrase to explain his former striker in a 2019 interview.
His arrival, alongside Cesc Fabregas, all however gained Chelsea the title beneath Mourinho through the 2014/15 marketing campaign as Costa hit the bottom working with 20 targets.
A below-par 12 months adopted, for all the Chelsea squad, however Costa was again at it beneath Antonio Conte, bagging 22 targets because the Blues cruised to the title within the 2016/17 marketing campaign.
However then his relationship with Conte turned bitter after the Italian despatched a textual content message informing Costa he was not a part of Chelsea’s future plans.
After spending the primary half of the season exiled in Brazil, Costa pressured via a transfer again to Atletico in September, which went via formally in January as soon as the membership’s switch ban expired.
However three years later, it appears one thing comparable is going on in Spain.
Costa has advised Atletico to terminate his contract and permit him to go away on a free switch subsequent month, in accordance with Marca.
The Spain worldwide was absent for coaching on Monday and reportedly cites ‘private causes’ because the trigger behind his request.
With Costa one of many membership’s highest earners and having develop into surplus to necessities behind Luis Suarez and Joao Felix, Atletico are regarded as tempted by the concept.
May the previous Chelsea man be on his method again to England? Spanish outlet AS experiences that the Gunners have been following Costa’s state of affairs for a while and stay very attentive to occasions.
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