I had problem with Conte, not Chelsea fans – Diego Costa opens up

I had problem with Conte, not Chelsea fans – Diego Costa opens up

Diego Costa, the Wolves striker, has insisted that he never had a problem with Chelsea fans, but rather with the coach at the time, Antonio Conte.

Costa has blamed the Italian for his exit from Stamford Bridge.

The striker made his first start for Wolves, who he joined last month, against his former club on Saturday.

The striker scored 59 goals in 120 games for the Blues across three seasons, while he also won two Premier League titles with the club.

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However, he left Chelsea in 2017 in acriminous circumstances, returning to Atletico Madrid after falling out with the west London side’s then-boss Conte.

During Saturday’s game he received a standing ovation from the Chelsea fans when he was substituted in the second half.

And, reflecting on that moment after the game, Costa couldn’t resist throwing a dig at his former manager at Stamford Bridge.

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“I’ve never had a problem with the fans,” he told reporters after the game.

“My problem was not with the crowd, it was with that coach. I left in bad terms with that manager, I left a champion for the second time, and he didn’t count on me.

“That was nothing I could do. I had to leave. Today showed that I did not leave on bad terms with the fans.

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“It’s very special. It’s the feeling that in the time that you spent here, you did good work and left good memories.

“Chelsea fans always treated me very well. I was always surprised by the way they treated me. It’s satisfying.”

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