Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has decided to leave striker, Diego Costa in Spain as the club prepare for Tuesday’s Champions League’s away clash with Chelsea.
Costa, who left Chelsea in September following a breakdown in relations with head coach, Antonio Conte and returned to Atletico, will not be part of the team that will make the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Costa is not eligible to make his second Atletico debut until January and Simeone has opted to avoid the potential distraction of the 29-year-old returning to his old stomping ground.
Asked why Costa had not travelled to the London, Simeone told a pre-match news conference: “Because I am the manager. I made the best decision what I think was best for the team.
“I don’t think we need to think about that too much. We need to think about our game tomorrow.”
“Diego is a huge player. He is the best for me because he scores a lot of goals and important goals,” he said.
“I think he came back to Atletico because it was his desire. He was happy here. He did his job really well. His most important desire was to come back.
“It is frustrating seeing him playing [in training] like an animal, but he can’t play. It’s just a month until he can play with us. He’ll help us a lot. I don’t have any doubts about it.”
Costa was in the stands at the Wanda Metropolitano when Chelsea claimed a brilliant 2-1 away win in the immediate aftermath of his transfer.