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Costa lands in Madrid ahead of Atletico return

Costa lands in Madrid ahead of Atletico return

Chelsea and Atletico announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement for the Brazilian-born Spaniard to rejoin his former team in a transfer deal worth $74 million, reports Efe.

The Brazil-born Spain global will complete the switch subject to a medical and agreeing personal terms for a fee thought to be around £58 million. He was told by text message that he was not in Antonio Conte's plans for this season.

But the Spain forward is now on his way back to Atletico and Filipe Luis has praised his club's efforts in getting the deal over the line.

Former Chelsea player Diego Costa has spoken about his exit from Chelsea, and claimed that despite the huge amount of chaos surrounding it, he is in no way bitter towards the club. It's been a long, long summer of negotiations, tabloid exclusives, potential legal involvement and a lot of social media shenanigans from the player.

Chelsea, in turn, insisted Costa's conduct would not force them into backing down over the amount at which they valued him.

Fare thee well, Diego, and thanks for the memories!

A short statement on the Chelsea website read, "Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa".

"The agreement is subject to the signing of a contract between the club and the Spain global".

Costa shared a close relationship with Diego Simeone during his previous stint at the club and the Atletico Madrid boss has been pivotal behind his imminent return to the club.

During the summer transfer window Chelsea signed a natural replacement in Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Costa's last game for Chelsea was May's 1-2 FA Cup final loss to Arsenal, when he scored the last of his 59 goals.

The Spain worldwide has joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid for a fee in the region of 38 million euros in July 2014.