- Spanish striker Diego Costa has said he almost left Chelsea in the summer
- The striker has been in great form for the Blues this season in the Premier League
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has explained the rationale why he wanted to leave the Stamford bridge prior to the start of the current Premier League season.
The Spanish forward who is Chelsea's top scorer this term in the Premier League with 14 goals admitted that he was about leaving England, but claimed he was later convinced to stay at the club by the Blues manager Antonio Conte.
''There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons, but it wasn't to be and I continue to be happy here. It was important too that the manager (Antonio Conte), from the very first minute, said he counted on me.
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''I had the possibility to go to Atletico because of a few things: the family, the life I have there. But not because of Chelsea, because here there's a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I'm very happy here, I'm very content,'' he said
The 28-year-old also acknowledged that he always feels remorseful anytime he exemplify a questionable attitude on the pitch.
''I know when I do bad, so I thought about it and knew I had to improve that aspect because here in the Premier League, the reality is there's no mercy. A lot of the time it seemed like they (the referees) were against me. There was no other way, because if they're not going to change, I have to change,''.