Chelsea and Spain’s star striker Diego Costa has revealed that he snubbed Liverpool a year before joining Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. The move would have seen him pair up with Luis Suarez in the attack of Reds last season.
The Spainish and Brazilian international instead joined Chelsea this summer for £32 million and scored 17 goals in 21 appearences which helped Chelsea to stay ahead of all other teams in Premier League title race.
However a year earlier Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool were ready to initiate his buy-out clause which was resported to be £21 million, but the striker instead opted to stay by signing a new contract which doubled his wages.
Had the spanish striker signed for Liverpool then, they might had gone that extra mile to win their first ever Premier League title since 1990. However Liverpool were runners up only to see Manchester City clinch Premier League title on the last match day.
The striker however made a wise choice as he helped Atletico Madrid tto La Liga title ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona, scoring 27 goals in the league during that phase. He became third highest goal scorer in La Liga in that season only to be behind Ronaldo and Messi.
Revealing the fact, Diego Costa said: “I was close to leaving Atletico. Liverpool are a great team, but after fighting so hard and overcoming difficulties to get my place at Atletico, how could I leave?”
“I thought it was very important to keep growing with Atletico and to play there for many years.”