Putting a £57 million deal in place with Atletico Madrid for Diego Costa will be “a relief” for Chelsea, says Frank Lampard.
With Antonio Conte having previously revealed that he took the decision to part with the Spain international back in January, it has taken eight months for the Blues to push a move through.
“If it was just a case of selling a talented striker, then we’d be talking about what a great loss he is to the club. But he had to go. There was no way he could stay at Chelsea, given the events of the summer and the sooner he went, the better.
“It’s great for Costa, too. He needs to go and train properly before starting playing again in January. He couldn’t carry on staying in Brazil like he was, it wasn’t helping anybody, " said Lampard.
Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas believes Costa will be a big miss for reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, with an unfortunate situation having done all sides few favours.
“It's a shame for him more than anyone. Diego knew that by signing for Atletico he could not play for a few months, " said the Spaniard.
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