Diego Costa admits he had been excited by the idea of returning to former club Atletico Madrid.
The Chelsea forward spearheaded the Rojiblancos to a memorable La Liga title win in 2014 and was linked with a move back to Vicente Calderon this summer.
However, the transfer did not go ahead due to what the 27-year-old describes as ‘details,’ meaning he will remain at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future.
“We all know there was the chance to go back to Atletico but because of certain details it wasn’t to be,” Costa told Movistar while on international duty with Spain.
“I thank the Atleti support and Cholo for their trust. Now I am at Chelsea, I am happy there and I have started the League season with them.
“Hopefully it goes very well at Atleti, like last season, and they win titles. I had been excited about going back, I won’t lie.”
Costa was also asked for his thoughts on rumours that the reason former Roja Coach Vicente Del Bosque left him out of Euro 2016 was because of his controversial character.
“If I didn’t go to the Euros because of my character, I will not play for the Seleccion anymore because I won’t change my way of playing.
“I am how I am, with my character, and that is what carries me to win matches.
“I only have words of thanks for Del Bosque. They didn’t call me up for the Euros in France, but I don’t ask for explanations.”