Now back in the bosom of the club he really loved, it`d be churlish not to wish Diego Costa all the best and thank him for his efforts in a Chelsea shirt.
We also know that football is the kind of game that has a habit of throwing reunions up, I`d say that, someday, it`s fairly certain that our paths will meet again and I`d imagine the reception Diego Costa gets could be a little mixed.
However, before he departed for pastures that are hardly new, speculation was rife that Everton were interested in the want-away striker.
Lurking in the pages of the Spanish news vehicle Marca today, is the inference that Everton were serious when it came to wanting the player.
Our referenced source is suggesting that Everton offered Chelsea £66 million for the 28-year-old, plus a bonus.
Quite what the bonus was we`re not sure, but with Diego Costa having set his heart on a return to Atletico Madrid, a move to Everton was never going to happen was it!
Atletico boss Simeone praises ‘extraordinary’ Chelsea
Diego Simeone has praised Antonio Conte’s Chelsea as ‘extraordinary’ as the two sides prepare to meet on Wednesday night.
Speaking after Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Sevilla on Saturday, as reported by ESPN, Simeone cast one eye towards the midweek fixture, which will be the Wanda Metropolitano stadium’s first taste of Champions League football.
“We have been looking forward to the Chelsea game, they are a team full of extraordinary players. We will see what the team needs for this game. Each game is different and we can choose players who can make the difference.”
Goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann ensured that Madrid warmed up for the midweek game in style, while Chelsea eased to a 4-0 victory away to Stoke.
Chelsea go into the game top of the group after beating Qarabag in the first set of fixtures in the group.
Madrid were held to a goalless draw away to Serie A Roma in their first game of the competition this season.
Diego Costa is likely to be watching from the stands on Wednesday night after the Premier League champions confirmed that a deal had been agreed for the striker to return to Spain.