Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has lamented over the decision of the club to sell fellow country man Diego Costa after the forward helped the blues win the premier league title last season.
Costa did not feature for the Blues this season, having been told in June by Antonio Conte that he had no future at the club despite his 20 goals proving crucial in last year’s Premier League success.
Mirror Sport reports that the striker has remained in his Brazilian hometown of Lagarto throughout the summer, before heading to Madrid last week following the announcement of an agreement between the two clubs.
His departure will not separate him from Fabregas, who will continue as an international teammate of Costa. Fabregas has however said he will miss the relationship the two have fostered at club level.
Fabregas who spoke to Spanish tabloid Marca said “Clearly I would have preferred for him to continue as a teammate,” “Diego will never be a rival to me.
“In recent years there has not been a pure striker better than him; he understood my game, read my passes and most importantly he could score from 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.”