He arrived with a bang and he is making sure he is leaving with all the noise. Chelsea’s controversial striker Diego Costa is finally moving back to Atletico Madrid after the Spanish outfit and the Premier League champions agreed a £57.5million fee for the transfer of the Spanish international. Costa’s life at Stamford Bridge has been an eventful one from start to end. He arrived In London for £32million in the summer of 2014, took home the Premier League player of the month in August, Costa wasted no time to hit the ground running.
But Costa can never keep himself far from controversy. In his 3rd Premier League game, the hot headed striker clashed with Tim Howard. A month later he strangled Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta, but got away with it and instead got his victim sent off. In January 2015 he picked up his first FA ban for two separated stamping incidents against Liverpool. Costa stamped Emre Can and Martin Skrtel but could not escape FA’s wrath. Arsenal’s Koscielny and Gabriel were his next victims. Costa’s mind games got to Gabriel and the defender was caught kicking Costa. Gabriel was sent off while Costa remained on the pitch with a smirk. However, he was later handed a FA ban for violent conduct.
Despite being the controversial figure that he is, Costa has surprisingly seen just one red card during his spell in London. His lone red card was handed to him after his clash with Everton’s Gareth Barry. With a new manger came new problems. Costa had a bust up with manger Antonio Conte and was keen on securing a big money move to China, Conte was adamant of not letting his striker go. Costa however stayed till the end and won his second Premier League title. But his joy was short lived. Costa wanted a move away from Stamford Brigde and Antonio Conte wanted a new striker. Finally after months of sulking and rebelling Costa has finally secured his dream return to Altetico. But whatever said and done, love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him.