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Diego Costa thanks Chelsea fans after completing move to Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa has expressed gratitude towards Chelsea and the fans after finalising a move to Atletico Madrid.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that the controversial striker has agreed terms on a return to the Vicente Calderon.

It has been widely reported that Atletico will pay £53m for Costa, who was informed that he was no longer wanted at Chelsea via a text message sent from manager Antonio Conte.

During the summer, the 28-year-old refused to return to West London, instead giving explosive interviews in his homeland of Brazil, accusing Chelsea of treating him like a criminal.

Now, though, Costa only had kind words to say about the Premier League champions, but there was no mention of Conte in his open letter.

The Spain international wrote on Facebook: “Some cycles begin while others end. My cycle at Chelsea began three years ago – three remarkable years in all aspects – and I will never forget it.

“Two championship titles, a Community Shield, 120 matches, 59 goals and 24 assists later this cycle has ended. Not the way I would have wanted – far from it – but the best way possible.

“The wonderful fans of such equally admirable club and all teammates, as well as all clinical, administrative and logistics staff will remain forever in my mind and in my heart.

“Will bring them with me with the certainty that I will always be by their side as well, and I’m sure they will understand the reason why this cycle of mine has now ended, because I could not lose faith in myself. Thank you Chelsea for everything!”

Costa is ineligible to play for Atletico until January due to the club’s transfer embargo.

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