Chelsea star still ‘pines’ for former club, claims ex-teammate

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Chelsea star Diego Costa still loves Atletico Madrid according to recently departed Filipe Luis, reports the Daily Express.

The striker left the Rojiblancos last summer, and was very successful in his first season with the club. He scored 21 goals in 37 appearances for the Blues in all competitions, and helped the team to win both the Premier League and Capital One Cup. He has been out of form so far this time round, failing to score in their first four top flight matches.

However, Luis, who returned to the Vicente Calderon in the transfer window just gone, has revealed that the Spain international still ‘pines’ for Diego Simeone’s side. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, also an ex-Atleti player, would also seem to still have a connection with the La Liga outfit.

“I’m thrilled. I was thrilled to learn Atletico were interested in my return,” Luis said, “Few players have that opportunity. It’s the best thing that could have happened. Almost all the same players are here. The club has only gotten better and not a lot has changed.

The feeling I had on the pitch, which is the most important, was as if I’d never left. I always really missed Atletico. I couldn’t let go. Maybe I should have forgotten but I couldn’t stop watching the games, talking to my teammates, sending them messages every time they scored a goal or made an assist.

“Diego Costa and I never lost our affection for Atletico. But Diego and Thibaut Courtois are fully adapted to life in London, because they played.”

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The Stamford Bridge faithful will be hoping that this affection doesn’t result in the 26-year-old following his former teammate to the Spanish club. Especially with their only other options up front currently being Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy, who manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t appear to fully trust.

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