Diego Costa claims he has been told by Antonio Conte that he is no longer wanted at Chelsea.
Speaking after an international game with Spain, Costa dropped the bombshell that his Chelsea career is almost certainly over. The forward has been subject to large transfer speculation throughout the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge, and it appears that Antonio Conte has now had enough of the uncertainty surrounding his top goalscorer.
Costa has won two Premier League titles in just three seasons with Chelsea and managed an impressive 26 goals in 46 games for the Blues last term. The Spanish international adapted to the English game immediately after signing from Atletico Madrid for around £32 million back in 2014, however his return to the Spanish capital has been consistently mooted by the media for a long period of time, alongside reports of Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian offering Costa a big-money contract to play in the Far East.
The timing of Costa’s claim is perhaps surprising to Chelsea fans though, given Atletico’s current transfer ban and interest from China supposedly cooling of late. Costa described Conte’s decision as “a shame”.
“I’m a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there. Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that’s it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season,” said Costa.
“It’s a shame, I’ve already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide. But it is clear that the coach does not count on me and does not want me there.”
Costa’s likely new club is unknown at this point, though Sky Sources are today reporting that AC Milan are interested in talks with the striker. It is no secret that Costa would favour a return to Atletico, though as has been reported by Marca, he appreciates their transfer ban means the situation is complicated.
“It would be nice to return to Atletico, but it is difficult to be four-five months without playing,” said Costa.
“Being five months without playing? I do not know, it’s complicated, but people know that I love Atletico a lot and that I love living in Madrid.”