Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has told the Daily Mail that the club would “love” to re-sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa in the summer.
According to the Metro, the Spain international has been linked with a return to the La Liga club after a difficult second season at Stamford Bridge.
And Cerezo has suggested that Atletico would not think twice about bringing Costa back if the chance arose, as they have done with other past favourites in recent years.
Manager Diego Simeone had two spells at Madrid as a player, while Fernando Torres and Filipe Luis, both formerly of Chelsea, rejoined in 2015.
“I think it’s difficult but as far as we are concerned we would love it if he came back here,” Cerezo told the Daily Mail. “It’s the Atleti way. We have a magnificent relationship with all ex-coaches and players. I went to see [Diego] Simeone in Argentina when he was at River Plate, that is the way it is with Costa.
“Whether he can come back or not is another thing but the relationship has always been fantastic. He is okay because he is at a good club. I don’t know whether they will be in the Champions League this year.”
Costa scored 20 Premier League goals in his first campaign with the Blues to fire them to the title, but has suffered through Chelsea’s struggles this term.
The fiery forward bagged just three league goals before Jose Mourinho’s December sacking, and further disciplinary problems have damaged his reputation.
His form has improved since Guus Hiddink’s arrival as caretaker manager, and it will probably be incoming boss Antonio Conte who decides his future.
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