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Diego Costa returns to Atletico: it's what's best

Friday 22nd September 2017
It's official now, Diego Costa will be returning to Atleti, but it should have never been like this. Chelsea's top scorer was subject to the most obscene treatment in the close of last season, starting with a text message. 

With every issue in life, it starts off with an error in communication. But the way the situation has escalated implies maybe it was sent. In addition, the manner Chelsea have handled the situation has been a mess. A PR disaster. To make it worse, it happened in January, which makes the winter window trouble clearer. The offer from China was not the only thing that made Costa think about leaving. For the Premier League Champions, the best professional side in the country, it was quite amateurish.

The biggest fiasco of the summer

Imagine, you lead your team's campaign, regaining the title you lost tamely a year earlier. On top of being your club's leading scorer with 20 goals in 35 games, gaining 15 points for your team. The last thing expected in the middle of the season is a text message to say you are not in your manager's plans. The annoyance from Antonio Conte was not that it was a lie, it was the fact that it was broadcast, which is not denying the text being sent. The Italian then revealed that Costa was told six months earlier. This makes it all the more ridiculous; was it always the Italian's plan to sell the Spaniard?

An all-round mess

The cost of the mess is estimated at around £58m but could rise to £70m. It's fair to say that neither Costa nor Conte were happy this summer. Chelsea had supposedly agreed on a deal with Everton for Lukaku before United swooped in, then Alex Sandro and Danilo both rejected Chelsea. In each position, they either had to settle for what they had, buy their second choice, or panic buy on deadline day.

Subsequently, Chelsea looks weaker than they did last year. It looked likely that Alvaro Morata would be looking for a new club as he wanted regular game time and Chelsea looks a great fit. The different qualities that he and Costa bring could've given Chelsea plenty more options. This past summer could have been a much better window for Chelsea, but it's been a very costly and panic-ridden period.

Diego's return to Atletico

Costa is finally returning home, it allows him to rubber-stamp his place on the plane to Russia next summer. He'll be happy knowing he's returning to a club where he is loved. Additionally, he'll be reuniting with the manager who made him one of the most feared forwards in world football. For Chelsea, it's the premature close of a chapter which could have been much more fruitful. For Conte, it's set an unfortunate precedent for any star players who he may not like as they could be subject to the same treatment.
Tyrone Chambers

I know most people either love them or hate them but I a massive fan of Manchester United. I'm not afraid to speak the truth. Writing it as it is, bold enough to say it in the way no manager or player could say in public. I write about all things football but I love music as well, both listening and playing, keen drummer.

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