Chelsea’s striker, Diego Costa has indicated that his manager, Antonio Conte has told him he is no more needed at the club.
The Brazilian born Spanish international who scored 22 goals in 42 games across all competitions for the Premier League Champions says he is set to leave the club but prefers only Atletico Madrid, the club he joined Chelsea from.
Spain drew 2-2 with Colombia on Wednesday and made these revelations after the game indicating that he now appears to leave Stamford Bridge.
He said; “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.”
My relationship with the coach has been bad this season. It’s a shame, I’ve already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide.
“You have to find a team.”
Costa joined Chelsea in 2014 for a reported fee of £32m after he has spent four seasons at Atletico Madrid.
He cannot join Atletico in this summer as they were banned from signing players until the January transfer window and despite making an appeal, the ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sports meaning Atletico cannot sign players until January.
When asked about that, Costa said;
“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 to live in Madrid.”
“It would be nice to go back, but it’s difficult to be four or five months without playing. It’s a World Cup year and there are many things to think about. I need to play, just that.”
Costa has already indicated his intention of leaving the club after he was involved in a dispute with a fitness coach and was left out of Chelsea’s away game to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium after being linked with a move to China.