Diego Costa confirmed his commitment to Chelsea following Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat, while admitting the club may may not feel the same way.
Costa scored the Blues’ only goal during the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at Wembley. It now appears likely it was the 28-year-old’s last goal for the club, hinting that the West London side will look to move him on.
Speaking to Goal, the Spaniard said:
“I know Chelsea wants to sell players, but I told them, I have two years left in my contract and I won’t go somewhere else just because they want so. I will only sign for another club in Europe, they know that. Otherwise I’ll stay with my current contract,” he told reporters after the final whistle.
“I have a contract and no intention of leaving, but if there are changes to be made that might reduce my chances, if the coach won’t count on me anymore or is to give space for another striker, I know that I’ll have to leave. But only to where I’m willing to.
“Everyone know what my preferred club is, there’s nothing to hide.
“Money is good, but I’m grateful for what I have right now and I have other things to look forward to, like playing the next World Cup. I know that I have a chance to be called if I’m playing well and at a high level, that’s something I want.”
“If I have to move to another city or another country than Spain, I don’t think I’ll go, I’d rather stay at Chelsea. If the club wants to sell me, they know where I want to go.”
Costa’s future with Chelsea has been in doubt since a training-ground row with Antonio Conte in January, after having been linked with a big-money move to Tianjin Quanjian.