Atletico Madrid chairman Enrique Cerezo spoke about Diego Costa‘s situation.
The Spanish striker was often linked to his ex club in the past weeks, and Chelsea was annoyed by Atletico trying a direct approach to their forward to bring him back to La Liga side.
Simeone’s team eventually signed Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla and now Cerezo tries to close the case, claiming his intention was never to bring Costa back to Atletico:
“Costa [talks] do not have a long tail or anything of the sort,” Cerezo said.
“Diego has a contract with Chelsea and he belongs to Antonio Conte‘s team. Chelsea are our friends, just as the great Atletico man Diego Costa is our friend. But his place is with Chelsea and we are sure that he will be successful there. We cherish Diego for what he has given us and he knows where his home is.”
Cerezo also stated he is satisfied with the team the club have built for the 2016-17 season.
“We have worked closely with [Diego Simeone] to sign players he is in agreement with,” he said. “We haven’t spent more than we have been able to. But we are done signing players. La Liga will not allow us to sign more, there will be no more signings.”