Costa revelation may cost Chelsea


It seems Conte interpreted the photo as more proof that the 28-year-old was desperate to leave Stamford Bridge to make a return to the Spanish Liga.

AC Milan are targeting a move for Diego Costa from Chelsea in a deal that would perhaps grab Celtic's attention.

According to the Evening Standard, Atletico are considering using Wang Jianlin, their billionaire shareholder, to "engineer a temporary move to the Far East before signing him in January". "I am on the market and I will look for a new team".

On the face of it, a return to the Spanish capital wouldn't make all that much sense for the Brazilian born Spanish worldwide, given that he would have to sit out five months of the season until the transfer ban is lifted in January. Besides, a move to a rival club might well be appealing considering that Costa may be a little spiteful for the way Conte conveyed the information to him.

"I have two years left on my contract with Chelsea, they have to realise what they want to do with me".

He added on rumours of a return to his roots in Brazil at Palmeiras: "To be honest, now, I find it very hard".

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"At some point they might have said 'are you sure you don't want to keep Costa because he score a ton of goals a year ago and maybe give him a new contract?'". Now that it's known he is no longer part of Conte's plan, Chelsea's hand has been severely weakened.

The text exchange between Diego Costa and Antonio Conte is absolutely savage. Costa has said he will "have to find a way out", given his relationship with Conte and the club has effectively been fractured beyond fix.

Costa has endured a fractious relationship with Conte ever since the demanding Italian took charge last summer.

His hopes of playing for Spain in next year's World Cup in Russian Federation would also depend on getting regular playing time. However, it is likely to have wiped millions off Costa's asking price.

"It will be complicated for me to stay without playing for 5 months but I do love Atletico and love the city of Madrid". "I need to play, just that".