Diego Costa used to be granted his transfer to Atletico Madrid final month after weeks of back-and-forth with Chelsea.
The 28-year-old refused to go back to London after his prolonged vacation in Brazil in an try to power the Blues into sanctioning his transfer to Atletico.
Diego Simeone has printed the Spanish aspect have been making an attempt to get Costa to go back to the membership since final yr.
And the Atletico boss has admitted the transfer wouldn’t have been imaginable had the Spain global now not kicked up a fuss this summer season.
“Last year we were close,” Simeone advised Spanish radio station CadenaSER.
“I spoke a lot with him and if he had not made the effort this summer the transfer would not have been possible.”
When requested if Costa used to be his perfect striker, Simeone added: “Of the avid gamers of his stage he’s the only for us.
“Another one in every of that stage or higher and we might now not be capable of come up with the money for.
“Of all of the avid gamers I’ve had he’s the one who has stunned me probably the most.
“He brings in combination all of the qualities of targets, workrate, effort and management.”
Costa is about to rejoin Atletico in January when their transfer ban is lifted and the window reopens.
He made 134 appearances for Atletico previous to his transfer to Chelsea, scoring 64 targets in all competitions.