Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of Diego Costa from Chelsea, three-and-a-half years after he originally left to join the Blues.
The 28-year-old will officially join Atleti in January on a three-and-a-half-year deal when the winter transfer window opens, as per the terms of the La Liga side’s transfer ban.
“I’m very happy to return home, I’ve always said it, Atlético is my home, I’m very, very happy. I’m looking forward to start contributing. I’m going to give my all for the team, as I always try to do,” Costa said.
The Brazilian-born Spanish international made 120 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, scoring 58 goals since his 2014-move to Stamford Bridge.
Costa won the League Cup and Premier League title in his first season in England, scoring 20 goals in 26 league games as Chelsea finished eight points clear of runners-up Manchester City.
However, his second season couldn’t have gone worse with Chelsea finishing 10th in the Premier League table with 37 points less than their title triumph a year previous. Costa managed just 12 league goals in 2015/16.
The Spanish striker hit 20 league goals a season later as Chelsea won back their Premier League crown under Antonio Conte, but BBC Sport revealed Costa had been told he was no longer wanted by the Italian manager.
The Daily Mail uncovered his self-imposed exile to Brazil last month and it was clear his days were numbered at Chelsea. He hasn’t made a single appearance for the Londoners this season, but the club did wish him well in a statement upon his return to Madrid.