Chelsea striker Diego Costa has revealed that he almost joined Liverpool in the summer of 2013 – a year before he made the move to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid, reports Goal.com.
Explaining his decision to stay in the Spanish capital, Costa says: “I was close to leaving Atletico. Liverpool are a great team, but after fighting so hard and overcoming difficulties to get my place at Atletico, how could I leave? I thought it was very important to keep growing with Atletico and to play there for many years.”
However, he was to leave the Vicente Calderon just a year after committing his future to Atletico, joining Chelsea in a £32m deal in June 2014. The 26-year-old has managed to score 17 goals in 21 Premier League appearances, but has often been a controversial figure, receiving a three-match ban for stamping on Emre Can in a Capital One Cup clash with Liverpool.