Diego Costa has today agreed terms for his transfer to Atletico Madrid, which will take effect on 1 January 2018.
The striker departs Stamford Bridge having won two Premier League titles and one League Cup, returning to the club from which he arrived three years ago.
In that time, Diego Costa made 120 appearances for the Blues and scored 59 goals, finishing as our top scorer in each of his seasons as a Chelsea player.
Nine goals from his first seven league games in the 2014/15 season, including a hat-trick against Swansea, ensured he got off to the best possible start and he would go on to score 21 times in all competitions as we lifted the title for the first time in five years.
He also had an impact in the League Cup final, his strike finding its way into the net via a deflection to secure a 2-0 win over Spurs.
His second season was a disappointing one for the team as a whole but after scoring a Boxing Day double against Watford, Diego Costa went on to add a further 10 goals during the second part of the season. The highlight was a near-post volley which secured the points away at Arsenal and there were also big-game goals against Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. It was his pass which teed up Eden Hazard to score the stunning equaliser in our 2-2 draw against Tottenham which handed Leicester City the title.
Diego Costa’s 20 league goals were instrumental in ensuring the Blues were crowned champions last season and he led the line throughout the campaign.
He picked up the Premier League Player of the Month award for November after scoring in our 5-0 thumping of Everton and firing home the only goal of the game as we won at Middlesbrough, and netted four times in the run-up to Christmas, including winners against West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.
As the season drew to a close, two second-half goals helped us to a crucial 4-2 win over Southampton. He also opened the scoring as we beat Middlesbrough 3-0 to move to within touching distance of the title.
Diego Costa’s last game for Chelsea came at Wembley in May when he scored against Arsenal in our 2-1 FA Cup final defeat.
We thank Diego for his efforts and wish him well in his future career.