- Spain international Costa lashes out at Antonio Conte once again
- The striker forced his way out of the Premier League club after being declared surplus to requirement at the start of 2017-18 season
- Since his return to Spain, he has been superb for his side but yet to record a goal in the La Liga this season
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has aimed another jibe at former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
Both parties had a fallen out at the Stamford Bridge few months after the Blues won the 2016-17 Premier League title.
Costa, after scoring 52 EPL goals across three seasons with the west London club forced his way out of the club following the ill-treatment meted out to him by the manager.
The 27-year-old re-joined Atletico Madrid in January 2018 after being declared surplus to requirements by the Italian.
Speak to Spanish outlet Marca, Costa admits leaving Atletico initially was a mistake and he was far from pleased with how Chelsea dealt with his feud with Conte.
"I don't regret that experience as the Premier League is impressive," Costa said. "I wanted to play. Chelsea are also a big club.
"At that time, I needed to change. I'd done things very well and wanted to try something different.
"I was very happy at the club and with the fans, they had a great affection for me.
"I'm always proud and that gives me confidence, I feel comfortable. I left, I won two Premier League titles... I already told him (Simeone) that he had to sign me to start winning things.
"He knows that I love him, and the group... almost all of them were still there. When I left, I was leaving some colleagues I'd known since I was 10.
"It was a very bad moment but it wasn't my fault. People said things, but time puts everything in its place.
"Look where the coach is, look at Conte. I was wrong going to Chelsea because of their way of dealing with things.
"Cholo [Simeone] is a direct coach, and when he doesn't love you, it's clear and he facilitates it. At Chelsea it was the opposite.
"I had the option of returning to Atleti and when Chelsea told me to go back to training with the B team...
"I was clear that I was going back to Atletico, even though there were other offers. If not, I would've stayed in Brazil with my family.
"I had to live my whole life with my family. I have other values that no money can buy."
Costa will be hoping to continue his impressive run for his side when they clash against Real Madrid in the Spanish League on Saturday, September 29.
He scored a brace in their 4-2 UEFA Super Cup victory over their city rivals earlier this season.
Legit.ng previously reported that Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa was doubtful for Arsenal's Europa League clash on Thursday April 26.
The former Blues striker suffered a hamstring injury in the last round against Sporting Lisbon, limping off after 52 minutes.
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