Diego Costa has revealed he nearly left Atletico Madrid for Liverpool before eventually moving to Chelsea.
Costa, 26, signed for Chelsea from Atletico last summer after helping the Spanish side claim the Primera Division title and reach the Champions League final.
However, the Spain international came close to leaving the Vicente Calderon a year earlier -- when Liverpool reportedly met his release clause -- only for the striker to opt to sign a new contract with Atletico instead.
"I was close to leaving Atletico," Costa is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
"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."