Diego Costa has hit out at Chelsea and former manager Antonio Conte.
Costa left Chelsea in January to return to Atletico Madrid – the club he was at before joining the Blues in 2014.
The Spaniard left under a cloud, having been dumped by text just months after firing Chelsea to a second Premier League title in three years.
Former nemesis Conte has since departed Stamford Bridge too, and his current unemployment status has not gone unnoticed by Costa.
“I don’t regret that experience as the Premier League is impressive,” Costa told Marca.
“I wanted to play. Chelsea are also a big club. At that time, I needed to change. I’d done things very well and wanted to try something different. I was very happy at the club and with the fans, they had a great affection for me.
“I’m always proud and that gives me confidence, I feel comfortable. I left, I won two Premier League titles.
“I had already told [Simeone] that he had to sign me to start winning things. He knows that I love him, and the group… almost all of them were still there. When I left, I was leaving some colleagues I’d known since I was 10.
“It was a very bad moment but it wasn’t my fault. People said things, but time puts everything in its place. Look where the coach is, look at Conte. I was wrong going to Chelsea because of their way of dealing with things. Cholo is a direct coach, and when he doesn’t love you, it’s clear and he facilitates it. At Chelsea it was the opposite.
“I had the option of returning to Atleti and when Chelsea told me to go back to training with the B team… I was clear that I was going back to Atletico, even though there were other offers. If not, I would’ve stayed in Brazil with my family. I had to live my whole life with my family. I have other values that no money can buy.”