Antonio Conte has decided to put the past behind, and insists that he will shake the hand of former Chelsea striker Diego Costa when he meet face-to-face during their Champions League clash in Spain despite their bitter fall-out.
Report are confirming that Costa is set to complete a £67million move back to previous club Atletico Madrid ahead of their Champions League group-phase showdown with the Blues in the Spanish capital on Wednesday.
The Spain international will rejoin Atletico initially on loan but will not be eligible to play until January, but will be present to watch the game.
When the former Juventus manager was asked if he would shake his hand then, the Italian manager said: “Yeah, I have no problem.”
Their relationship became sour leading to one of the ugliest transfer sagas in Premier League history, and Conte was reluctant to offer any sort of praise for Costa despite him helping to win the title last season and the Blues to two in three seasons
According to Mirror Sport, the Chelsea boss was also quick to say for every player, for every single player, the past stays there. If you did well in the past, okay.
“I repeat there is a lack of respect for my players, because Diego is an Atletico player.
“Don’t forget we won together last season. I repeat: for sure we want to thank him for his effort last season with us. Not only last season but in the period that he played for Chelsea.
“But I think every single player was important last season, we won the title, we won the league — maybe it was a big surprise, and also to reach the final of the FA Cup, every player performed fantastic last season.