Chelsea rejected a bid from Atletico Madrid for the service of Diego Costa, just 18 months after selling the forward, reveals The Mirror. It is reported that Atletico offered big money along with their forward Jackson Martinez providing options for no panic-buying for a replacement, but the West London has rejected the bid, as expected.

Diego Costa joined Chelsea on 2014, after his heroic performance from him in 2013-14 campaign caught the eye of Chelsea. His term at Spain was a mixture of delight and misery as he had to play for a string of clubs on loan basis before earning a permanent start for the Madrid club.

His last season for Atletico Madrid was one of his best as he helped the club to win the La Liga title and also aided them to reach the final of UEFA Champions League, which they eventually lost to Real Madrid.

His start at Chelsea after securing a 32 million pounds deal was equally impressive as he scored 20 Premier League goals from 26 games, which was the crucial part in Chelsea’s title winning campaign.

After a bit of uncertainty in form this season, Costa has finally the glimpses of his old self since Guus Hiddink took over, and that has stimulated Atletico Madrid to pursue their former talisman.

Diego Simeone signed Jackson Martinez from Porto last summer, but has failed to replicate the form of last season, scoring three goals in 22 appearances. However, Chelsea has laughed off the offer from Atletico underlining the importance of Diego Costa up front, if they are to continue their revival under Guus Hiddink after a poor start to the season.

Chelsea are currently 13th in the league table, with only 28 points and the reigning champions need to perform miracles if they are to register their place in any of the UEFA competitions next season.

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