Cesc Fabregas makes admission to Chelsea fans about 28-year-old striker
Cesc Fabregas admits he was sad to see Diego Costa leave Chelsea to join Atletico Madrid last week
Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he will miss having Diego Costa around at Chelsea.
The Spanish striker completed his much-anticipated transfer to Atletico Madrid last week after he was deemed to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge by Antonio Conte.
Costa will not be able to play for his new team until January, when Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban is lifted.
The 28-year-old forward played a key role on Chelsea’s most recent two Premier League title triumphs in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons.
And his international team-mate Fabregas admits that he will miss having Costa around at Chelsea.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, Fabregas said: “Diego will always [be a friend] and never a rival.
“In recent years, like a pure No.9, there has been no one better than him.
“I understood him myself perfectly. He knew my football, he read my passes and, most importantly, he got them.
“He gives a lot to the dressing room. He is not only the Diego that is seen on the field. He is a character that greatly encourages the group.”
Chelsea are preparing to take on Atletico Madrid in their next Champions League game on Wednesday night.
However, Costa will not be featuring in the game as he waits on the sidelines until the new year.
Chelsea head into the game on the back of their impressive 4-0 victory over Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, when Alvaro Morata netted a hat-trick at the bet365 Stadium.
The Blues are currently third in the Premier League table and are three points behind leaders Manchester City after six games of the new campaign.