Despite having scored 22 goals in all competitions last season, Costa was frozen out of Chelsea’s first team plans for this season by manager Antonio Conte.
On Thursday it was announced that the Spanish international had sealed a move back to Atletico Madrid for a fee believed to be in the region of £58 million.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, Costa became known for his aggressive personality on the pitch which often involved winding up team- mates and arguing with referees.
Despite what has happened, Terry, who is a club legend at Chelsea, believes that Costa is a nice guy. The 36 year old took to social media platform Instagram and posted, “Good Luck @diego.costa in your next journey my friend.
“An unbelievable player and one of the nicest and funniest guys I have met in football. Playing against him in training and games was an absolute nightmare, one of the best and underrated players I have played with and against. He gave everything for our club every time he wore a Chelsea shirt and was a born winner.”
Good Luck @diego.costa in your next journey my friend ⚽️ An unbelievable player and one of the nicest and funniest guys I have met in football, playing against him in training and games was an absolute nightmare,one of the best and underrated players I have played with and against. He gave everything for our club every time he wore a Chelsea shirt and was a born winner. Going to miss you mate Good luck to you and your family JT 💙 @chelseafc 🏆
Diego Costa: Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart
Diego Costa regrets the manner of his Chelsea exit and admits to having “special affection” for people at the club.
The 28-year-old striker finally agreed a move back to Atletico Madrid earlier this week and arrived in the Spanish capital on Friday, ending weeks of exile in Brazil.
Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, but his stay ended in acrimony as he refused to return to the club after being informed by text message that he was not in Antonio Conte’s plans.
But Costa will not let his final few months sour his time at the club.
“I didn’t want it to unfold as it did,” the Spain international told journalists at Madrid airport, as reported by Marca.
“I have a special affection for the people at Chelsea.
“I don’t want to have an ungrateful attitude towards Chelsea, because I was also very happy there and played in a great team.”
Costa will look to restart his career in familiar surroundings as he is back at the club he served with distinction between 2010 and 2014.
Although he will not be able to play until January due to Atletico’s transfer embargo, Costa is raring to go at a place he calls home.
“Atletico Madrid is my home and here I am,” he added.
“I am very happy. [The negotiations] went on too long, but there was a happy ending in the end.
“Now I’m waiting to see my team-mates and to train.
“I am not as unfit as some have been saying.
“There won’t be a lack of determination on my part and I’ll give my best, as has always been the case.”