Costa needs to meet with Antonio Conte for the first time since the textual content message that ended his Chelsea occupation through announcing his goodbyes in the tunnel of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium forward of this night’s (7.45pm) Champions League conflict between his former membership and Atletico Madrid.
The debatable striker officially finished his go back to Atletico ultimate evening – 24 hours before Chelsea tackle the Spanish membership in their Group C Champions League conflict.
Chelsea be expecting Costa, who used to be at Atletico’s recreation with Sevilla at the stadium on Saturday, to be in the tunnel house this night before the recreation to say good-bye to his outdated team-mates and membership workforce.
The Spanish global had refused to go back to England all summer time.
Conte had insisted he would shake the hand of Costa if he met the ahead this night at the recreation – and ultimate evening maintained he had no downside with the participant.
Conte first instructed Costa he may go away Chelsea this summer time in January, following a row between the pair, but it surely used to be a textual content message in June that precipitated the 28-year-old to pass on strike in Brazil and accuse the membership of treating him like a “criminal,” and at one degree threaten criminal motion to get the transfer to Atletico he sought after.
Conte has in large part refused to speak about Costa this season, however ultimate evening when requested through Spanish journalists whether or not he’s going to shake the hand of Costa, Conte answered: “Yes, as I stated before, I haven’t any downside with Diego Costa.
“I stated that we want, for him, the easiest for the long term. We need to thank him for the ultimate season. But, I repeat, I haven’t any downside with him.”
All eyes will now be on Conte’s response this night, if and when he’s faced through Costa in the tunnel house of Atletico’s newly-opened stadium.
Costa posted a good-bye to Chelsea enthusiasts on Instagram the day before today after his go back to Atletico used to be officially showed through each golf equipment.
He wrote: “Some cycles start whilst others finish. My cycle started at Chelsea 3 years in the past – 3 exceptional years – and I can by no means put out of your mind it. Two championship titles, a Community Shield, 120 suits, 59 targets and 24 assists later this cycle has ended.
“Not the manner I might have sought after – a long way from it – however the easiest manner imaginable. The superb enthusiasts of such similarly admirable membership and all staff friends, in addition to medical, administrative and logistics workforce will stay ceaselessly in my thoughts and in my center.
“Will deliver them with me in the walk in the park that I can all the time be through their aspect as neatly and I’m certain they’ll perceive the explanation why this cycle of mine has now ended – as a result of I may now not lose religion in myself. Thank you Chelsea for the whole thing.”
Atletico aren’t anticipated to provide Costa to their enthusiasts on the pitch this night, as they can not formally signal him till their switch embargo ends in January.