Chelsea marksman revealed he's not in Conte's plan next season
Jun 12 2017
David Silva and Diego Costa were on target but Spain made hard work of seeing off Macedonia in Skopje.
The striker then took a screenshot of the conversation and sent it to his Chelsea team-mates, before being warned by club officials to calm down and leave his departure in the hands of the board.
Costa has not hidden his intention to return to Athletico Madrid but revealed that the transfer ban now imposed on the club might be a stumbling block to any potential move.
The Spaniards are still able to buy players but not register them under a Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer embargo which runs until January. "Atletico is a club that I have a lot of affection for, independently of whether I go there or not, I will continue to love them".
Manchester United and Arsenal are also both on the hunt for a top hitman.
"Right now I'm a Chelsea player because I have a contract, but the coach does not want me there". That deterioration in the personal relationship between manager and player has led to a decision that, on the basis of Costa's performance this season alone, would be hard to explain.
At the time Costa said: "It is a shame, I have already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide".
But, the Spaniard was instrumental in Chelsea's return to the summit of the Premier League, with 20 goals and 8 assists in the league alone, despite tapering off to the end of the season. A price is yet to be agreed but the Italians' interest is believed to be genuine as they look to challenge the domination of Juventus in Serie A.
Hi Diego, I hope you are well.
"Being five months without playing?"
"I just have to look for another team to play for", he said.
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Ironically, Chelsea could have trousered £76m for Costa from Chinese outfit Tianjin Quanjian in the winter transfer window. And the revelations making it clear Costa is on his way out do not help the champions. Looking over all the animosity us Arsenal fans have with Costa, there is no denying that the Blues' hitman is one of the best strikers out there.