Thibaut Courtois has come out and said he will miss Diego Costa, after a move for the Spaniard back to his former club Atletico Madrid was agreed last week.
Costa will leave Chelsea for over £55 million, £20 million more than they paid for him back in 2014.
With Chelsea coming up against Atletico Madrid, Courtois won’t have to face the forward in the group stages due to the move not being finalised until January, due to the Spanish side having a transfer embargo.
However, the Belgium hopes that doesn’t happen, when speaking to Standard Sport.
“I’m happy we don’t have to face him until the new year (at the earliest).”
“I hope we continue in the Champions League and then you never know if we will face him later (in the competition), but I prefer not.”
With Courtois spending three years in Madrid on loan, he built a strong relationship with Costa, and they rekindled at Chelsea.
Surely it won’t be strange to see him?
“No. I have been with the guy for six years and he is a very good friend of mine. It will be nice to see him there.” Courtois said.
The goalkeeper added that there was a significant amount of focus on his physical nature rather than his ability to play football, and do what he does best, score goals.
“I always said Diego was a great striker in England. They put too much attention on him about what he was doing sometimes and not enough on his qualities. He is one of the nicest guys I know and a top striker as well.”
“Obviously he was always a nice guy in the dressing room. As a friend and as a player I will miss him, but we have bought a new striker and he is doing well so obviously we have to move on.”
Chelsea face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday at their new home, the Wanda Metropolitano, and I’m sure Costa will be their in attendance to see his old colleagues and the new ones to be in January.