Unwanted by Chelsea, Diego Costa shines with Spain

Chelsea board ‘stunned’ by Antonio Conte’s transfer decision

It's been reported that Atletico Madrid considering using a Chinese intermediary to sign Chelsea attacker Diego Costa this summer in an attempt to circumvent their transfer ban.

Costa's future at Chelsea, who he joined from Atletico Madrid in 2014, remains uncertain after the Spain global told reporters last week that Antonio Conte sent him a message to inform him he no longer fits into the Blues manager's plans for next season.

The Spain star is resigned to leaving and a return to Atletico Madrid appeals to him, even if he would have to wait until January when their transfer ban ends. Costa has been good for the club, but as a player with seemingly itchy feet and, let's face it, one who is replaceable, they were never likely to come down too hard on a coach who has transformed their team in one season.

Spain kept their noses in front of Italy in the fight for automatic qualification for next year s World Cup as David Silva and Diego Costa were on target in a 2-1 win in Macedonia on Sunday.

Costa hit 22 goals last term to fire Chelsea to a second title in his three years in London.

"I haven't spoken to Chelsea yet but they know I'm focusing on this tournament so the discussions will happen after", he said.




"Atletico is a club that I have a lot of affection, regardless of whether I go there or I will not, I'll continue to love them".

Antonio Conte sent a text to his players wishing them a good holiday and telling them to stay fit.

After a midseason fallout over a proposed move to China - Costa missed a victory at Leicester City in January due to a "back problem" before being reinstated to the team - Conte has decided that enough is enough and the eccentric, and often fractious, Costa must move on. "My relationship with the coach has been bad this season and it is clear that he does not want me on the team".

English football champions Chelsea are still to make any final decision on the future of their star striker Diego Costa. "If Chelsea don't want me I will choose the best option for me". I forward the text to Chelsea people.

However, Conte has told him to look for a new club, amid reports linking the Blues with a bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. I have to think about the World Cup. You have to ask him, not me. Out of all Premier League players with more than 10 appearances, the Spaniard has scored in the highest percentage of games, 45 out of 89, or 50.6%.

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