Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa has opened up on his discordant exit from defending Premier League champions, Chelsea and revealed that his international career played a key role in his decision.
The 29-year-old Spanish attacker fell out with the Blues head-coach Antonio Conte last campaign after being told he wasn’t part of his plans for 2017/18 season.
He secured a move to Spanish giants, however, could not play until the January as a result of Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban.
Spain international forward has since found the back of the net six times in 14 appearances and earned a recall to the Spain side for the first time since June.
The 29-year-old forward is still adamant that his Chelsea exit was no fault of his own and revealed that he left the club to save his place in Spain national team.
“It is very clear that it was not my fault that I was in Brazil,” Costa said.
“We all know what happened there but I’m back now and I want to do my best.
“The coach (Julen Lopetegui) was always very clear with me that if I was not playing then it would be impossible for me to be called up.
“But he also said that if I was playing well then the door would be open to me and I’m grateful to him for that.”