'We don't forget'- Chelsea 31-year-old delivers message to departing Costa
By Aramide Oladipo
Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has revealed that he wishes outgoing Diego Costa “the very best” after the club reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to sell the striker.
The Spain international is set to complete a move to the La Liga outfit for a reported fee of £57.2million .
The striker leaves Stamford Bridge having won two Premier League titles and a League Cup for the club in three years.
Costa contributed with a total of 58 goals and 24 assists in 120 appearances in all competitions, finishing as the club’s top goalscorer for the last three consecutive seasons.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Cahill, 31, stresses that there are no ill-feelings towards Costa’s departure from the club and he is confident that the striker will deliver the goods in Spain.
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“All the Chelsea players wish Diego the very best,” he said.
“I’m sure he will go on to do fantastic things at Atletico. He is going to settle in there again. I can speak personally about my experiences with Diego and we won trophies together – it’s as simple as that.
“Everyone in their career moves on eventually. Whatever happened has happened, but for the period of time he was here, he was fantastic.
“We were successful together and I will take that, those great memories.
“People leave, but we don’t forget them and we don’t forget what they have done.”
The Blues have managed to cope in the striker’s absence, notching up a total of 12 Premier League goals this season.
The Premier League champions strolled to a comfortable 4-0 victory away at Stoke City on the weekend with new recruit Alvaro Morata bagging himself a hat-trick and Pedro also getting on the scoresheet.
Antonio Conte’s men will travel to Spain to face Costa’s new club Atletico in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
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