29-Spanish international, Diego Costa marked his long awaited return to Spanish side, Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night as they strolled to a routine 4-0 win over Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey.
Costa, who joined Chelsea in 2014 won two Premier League titles with the side but famously fell out with new manager, Antonio Conte at the end of the 2016/2017 season. After attempting to force a move to China midway into the season, he concluded the 2016/2017 season with Chelsea and appeared to be on course to see out the remainder of his contract at the club.
However, a now famous text message in which Conte informed Costa he was no longer needed at the club degenerated into a squabble as the club refused to let the player go and mandated him to play with the reserve team, a move which the player resisted.
Eventually, a move to Atletico Madrid materialised but thanks to the Spanish team’s transfer ban, he had to wait until January to make his first appearance. Coming off the bench in the 64th minute, it took just five minutes for him to open his tally and although he appeared to pick up an injury later, he was able to see out the rest of the match.
An excited Costa said post-match;
“I’m really happy to feel like a footballer again and play once more with Atletico Madrid. It was very important for me,”
“I couldn’t have hoped for a better start to my second spell with Atletico.
“I was given the opportunity to play again and I had the chance to score a goal, that makes me even happier.”