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“I left on bad terms with that manager” – Ex- Chelsea star slams Antonio Conte for unceremonious Blues exit in 2017

 

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has hit out at former Blues manager Antonio Conte after returning to Stamford Bridge in a Wolverhampton Wanderers shirt on October 8.

The Spaniard blamed the Italian boss for his exit from the west London outfit and stated that he left on bad terms with Conte. Chelsea won 3-0 against Wolves at home, with Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, and Armando Broja getting their names on the scoresheet.

Following the encounter, Costa, who joined the Wolverhampton club on a free transfer this summer, spoke about his Blues exit in 2017. He said (via TalkSPORT):

“I’ ve never had a problem with the fans. My problem was not with the crowd, it was with that coach. I left on 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.”

Costa also expressed his joy at seeing Chelsea fans at the Bridge again. Reminiscing about the time he spent with the Blues, the striker added:

“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.”

Costa spent three years at Stamford Bridge after joining the Blues from Atletico Madrid in 2014. The Spaniard has registered 120 appearances across all competitions for the west London outfit, scoring 59 goals and creating 23 assists.

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