Conte thanks departing Costa
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte thanked Diego Costa yesterday for his contribution at Stamford Bridge, after the club agreed a move for the striker with Atletico Madrid.
Costa scored 52 Premier League goals to help Chelsea lift two titles in three years before Conte told the 28-year-old via text message earlier this year that he was no longer needed at the club.
A Chelsea confirmed on Thursday they had agreed terms with the La Liga side for the transfer with Spanish newspaper El Mundo saying the fee would be ¤55 million.
When asked whether his relationship deteriorated with the striker over the last few months, Conte chose to focus on the future of the club.
“We want to thank him (Costa) for what he did with this club. We wish him all the best for the future,” the Italian told reporters.
“The past is not important. If you did well in the past it’s okay but we have to work for the present and above all for the future.
“I don’t forget that we won together last season. I repeat for sure we want to thank him for his effort last season, not only last season but the period he played for Chelsea.”
Since his arrival at Tottenham in the summer of 2014, Mauricio Pochettino has sought to build a collective spirit