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Gabriel Bears No Ill Will To Diego Costa

Former Arsenal defender Gabriel says he bears no ill will towards Diego Costa, after the pair tangled at Stamford Bridge when playing for Chelsea and Arsenal respectively in 2015.

The Brazilians clashed and Gabriel was sent off, though his red card was later overturned and Diego Costa was instead handed a three match ban.

In an interview with The Guardian, Gabriel says he knows Costa off the pitch and realises that he is a good person.

“The thing is, Costa is, I’m the same. I change on the pitch, I’m like another person and I want to defend my team. Diego Costa off the pitch is someone with an incredible heart. If I didn’t know him off the pitch then, yeah, I might also say: ‘This guy is crazy – he’s a bad guy, bad character.’ But he’s an incredible guy with a big heart.

“I didn’t talk to him after the game, I was still too wound up but I saw him later that season at the Emirates. I was talking to David Luiz and he came over and started talking to my son and playing with my son and talking to my wife. These are things that happen in football. He’s not a bad guy: a lot of players change when they cross the line. I change a lot.”


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