Diego Costa has fired one last shot at Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after the Blues finally agreed a deal to send him back to Atletico Madrid this week, saying that he won't let his good memories at Stamford Bridge be 'tainted' by a single person.
Conte informed the Spain international by text over the summer that he would not be in his plans for the upcoming season, leading to a very public campaign from Costa to secure a move back to Atletico Madrid after three seasons and two league titles in west London.
Quoted by MailOnline Sport this week, Costa insisted: "No. I never wanted it to happen this way. I have a special affection for the people at Chelsea. I'm not going to let the image of what I did at Chelsea be tainted by one person. To a certain extent they also made it easier because they were happy for me to leave."
When asked about his conditioning after spending a long summer in Brazil rather than training with his clubmates, he said: "Normal for someone who has been out of action for three months. I’ve done a little bit of training and I’m not as bad as some people are saying," joking "No, I’m not afraid of the scales. Just the training sessions."
On his drawn-out move to Atletico, who he cannot play for until January, he added: "I think it dragged on for too long but in the end there was a happy ending and now I can start to train with my team-mates. I’m never going to be found wanting when it comes to desire to do well. Hopefully things will work out."