Diego Costa has claimed he has no grudge against Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as he prepares to make a return to Atletico Madrid.
Atletico have agreed a deal with Chelsea for the return of Spain international Costa for a fee that sources close to the English the club said could rise to £58 million (€65.7m).
Costa has spent the summer in his hometown in Brazil after Conte sent him a text message to say he was not in his plans at Chelsea, and the Spanish international said during his exile that he did not respect the former Italy boss as a person and that he “doesn’t possess charisma.”
However, interviewed by Splash News in a Sao Paulo airport as he prepared to head to Madrid, Costa said that he was not annoyed with the Chelsea boss.
“Not at all,” he said. “I have no regrets with anyone. I hold no grudge with anyone. Everything is fine.”
Asked if he had a message for the Chelsea fans, he said: “They know that I care a lot about them.”
Meanwhile, Atletico coach Diego Simeone has suggested Costa will not walk straight back into the team if he completes a return from Chelsea.
Simeone said he did not yet view Costa as an Atletico player and that he is only thinking about Saturday’s game against Sevilla at the Wanda Metropolitano.
“I can say what I know, the same as yourselves,” Simeone told a news conference. “There is an agreement in principle, but officially I have not heard that he is with us [yet]. There is work going on with Chelsea, but the only thing I am concerned about is Sevilla.”