Antonio Conte thanks Diego Costa for Chelsea contribution

Ruben Hill
September 26, 2017

With preferred destination Atletico Madrid unable to register players until January due to a Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban, Costa was faced with the prospect of getting no game time until the New Year.

"Not everyone knows what I went through during those months and there were people who went as far as to say that it was no longer worth it".

The Express report he said: "I would rather have Costa than Morata in my team at this moment in time, to be honest with you".

Conte pointed out that the former Juventus man has a new situation to adjust to this season given, for all his obvious prowess, he has never been an undisputedly first-choice striker at club level before now.

Morata put to bed the doubts some had over his reliability after Chelsea secured the sale of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid this week.

"Morata played a good game. This game is always hard".

Morata's first three goals for the Blues came via his head, but a cool side-footed finish after just two minutes gave Chelsea the lead at Britannia Stadium.

On Saturday supporters could be heard to have changed the words of the chant to "Alvaro, Alvaro".

And it reveals a lot about the red lines employed by the Blues in the way they conduct their transfer business.

"We want to thank him (Costa) for what he did with this club". It was a good chant. There are more games coming and we have to be ready'.

"I do not feel any bitterness or resentment towards anybody, everything's fine", Costa explained when Splash News asked him about his feelings towards the Chelsea coach.

"There were extenuating circumstances given our difficulties in terms of available personnel at the back and that's the difficulty we had to deal with. We know he has this ability and we're very happy for him that he scored his hat-trick. a striker lives on goals and he has already scored a few important ones this season".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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