After cutting a reported €60million deal with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, Spanish striker Diego Costa has bid farewell to his former Premier League club Chelsea by thanking the club for its three “remarkable” years, seasons that he will never forget. While expressing gratitude towards his former club Diego wrote, “Some cycles begin while others end”.

Diego won two Premier League titles and a Community Shield with Chelsea in his 3 seasons, where he scored 59 goals and provided 24 assists. “My cycle at Chelsea began three years ago – three remarkable years in all aspects – and I will never forget it. Two championship titles, a Community Shield, 120 matches, 59 goals and 24 assists later this cycle has ended.

Mentioning the rift that paved the way for Diego to return to Atletico Madrid, a place where he made his name and was caught in the eye of the special one Jose Mourinho, Costa said that his homecoming has come perhaps in a manner, he would’ve never thought.  

“Not the way I would have wanted – far from it – but the best way possible, Costa was quoted as saying. “The wonderful fans of such equally admirable club and all team-mates, as well as all clinical, administrative and logistics staff will remain forever in my mind and in my heart,” he added.Thanking the admirable fans and the support he gained over the years, Costa further added that his reason for leaving Chelsea is something the fans will understand as leaving them wasn’t his choice after all.   

“[I] will bring them with me with the certainty that I will always be by their side as well, and I’m sure they will understand the reason why this cycle of mine has now ended – because I could not lose faith in myself. Thank you Chelsea for everything! “the Brazilian born-Spanish striker concluded.    

Costa’s future side Atletico Madrid will host his former club Chelsea in their second group stage game in this season’s UEFA Champions League, tonight.