£32m Chelsea target admits he was nearly sold off to Turkey for a pittance

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa has admitted that his club wanted to sell him on the cheap in 2011.

Speaking ahead of his international debut with Spain, the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo conducted an interesting and detailing interview with the coveted striker.

Brazilian-born Diego Costa caused all sort of controversy when he opted for Spain over Brazil, but little by little, the Spanish press and fellow teammates have started to accept the £32m goal machine as a Roja.

Following the sale of Radamel Falcao in the summer, Chelsea target Diego Costa has transformed into Atletico Madrid’s most prized asset. His 21 goals in 25 La Liga starts have certainly caught the eye, however, it hasn’t been all plain sailing for the 25-year-old.

During the interview, Diego Costa admitted that in 2011 following ligament damage in his right knee suffered during a friendly in Norway, Atletico Madrid officials had presumably given up on him and had accepted an offer from Turkey.

He said: “That day I was training in the afternoon, and my agent called me and told me to go to Turkey.”

“The club had accepted a small offer and it was up to me.”

“I believe in God, we have a destiny, good and bad. Something bad happened with my injury, and I had to start from scratch.”

Following Diego Costa’s decision to remain at Atletico Madrid, he was soon loaned out to Rayo Vallecano in an attempt to once again put him in the shop window. As a result of Spain’s maximum of three foreigners rule in 2012, he also admitted that current coach Diego Simeone didn’t want him:

“The coach told me I wasn’t needed. I understood, but I carried on training. I trained as if I was playing a match.”

His decision to remain at Atletico Madrid and win over the boss certainly benefited both parties, as Costa’s career has since exploded and contributed greatly to the Rojiblanco’s recent success.

Atletico Madrid may once have been ushering him out the door and willing to sell him for cheap, but as Chelsea may well find out this summer, that is certainly no longer the case.

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