Diego Costa: 'I had the chance to join Liverpool'

Costa: 'I had the chance to join Liverpool'
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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa says that he came close to joining Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has revealed that he came close to joining Liverpool this summer.

However, the 24-year-old, who was the subject of a £20m bid from the Premier League outfit in the transfer window, has claimed that he would have found it difficult to leave Atletico.

"I had the chance to leave. I was about to do so. Liverpool are a great team. But, after so much fighting and overcoming many difficulties to earn my place at Atletico, how was I going to leave?" he told Mundo Deportivo.

"I thought that it was very important for me to continue growing in this club and to play here for many years. Here I have the trust and respect of the people. My feelings towards Atleti? I know the world of football.

"I can really love a club, but a club is not just the fans, make no mistake. There are people running a company and with them you can encounter problems. The best way to demonstrate the affection or love that I have for Atletico is by giving my all on the field. That's my point of view. If I go, perfect. If I do not go, I try to improve."

Costa has scored three times for Atletico this season.

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