Diego Costa was one of the Premier League's few true warriors


Diego Costa was one of the Premier League's few true warriors

Diego Costa's departure will have no lasting impact on Chelsea's title ambitions because in Alvaro Morata they have signed the flawless striker to fill his boots, the club's former frontman Andriy Shevchenko said on Friday.

"I like him (Morata) because he's a complete player and also he has a lot of room to improve in every situation", Conte said.

That version of events is disputed by Costa, who argued Conte was forcing him out after the Italian sent a text message saying the striker was surplus to requirements, despite having two years remaining on his contract.

The Brazilian-born Costa had been pushing for a move back to Atletico throughout the close season.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Chelsea and Atletico Madrid had finally agreed a deal for Diego Costa.

"It's not the way I wanted it leave, ever", added Costa, who scored 58 goals in 120 appearances for the Blues, including 20 in the Premier League last season as Chelsea won the title. "I repeat for sure we want to thank him for his effort last season, not only last season but the period he played for Chelsea".

Departing Chelsea forward Diego Costa reportedly turned down the chance to join Everton in the final days of the summer transfer window.

"Atletico is my home and I'm here".

The Brazil worldwide said Costa, who had made it clear that he wanted to return to Atletico, has had "a complicated summer".

Costa will have to wait until January to play because of Atletico's transfer ban, but the €50m striker will be able to train immediately with his team.

This was after Mark Hughes's side picked up four points from two games against Arsenal and Manchester United.

Asked if he would shake his hand with his former player, manager Conte said: "Yeah, I have no problem".

"Everybody knows how much I love the fans". This is the first of three tough games in seven games.