Antonio Conte has thanked Diego Costa after the Chelsea forward’s January move to Atletico Madrid was confirmed.
Chelsea and Atletico agreed a deal, estimated to be worth up to €60million, on Thursday, which is set to go through in full when a medical has been passed and personal terms are agreed.
Conte and Costa, who has been at Stamford Bridge since 2014, were involved in a major feud after the Chelsea boss made it clear the striker would not be part of his plans for 2017-18 despite winning the Premier League last season.
Atletico were under a transfer ban in the most recent window meaning there was no urgency to wrap up a deal, but now an agreement is in place Conte is keen to move on.
“We want to thank him for what he did with this club,” Conte said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match away to Stoke City.
“We wish him all the best for the future. I don’t forget that we won together last season.
“I repeat, for sure, we want to thank him for his effort last season with us, but not only last season but in the period he played for Chelsea.”
Diego Costa arrived in Spain on Friday as the striker closed in on his return to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, to undergo a medical.