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I'm not in Conte's plans, says Costa

15 Juin 2017

The Blues could see their primary striker move to either of Manchester United or Arsenal, both of whom are eyeing a summer swoop for the Spaniard. Three years later and three more trophies under his belt, it is time for him to take the next step in his career.

However, the second season saw him have his differences with Jose Mourinho, who departed after a frightful start to the season.

Sky Sports understands that AC Milan are now in talks to sign Diego Costa.

Costa is still heavily linked with a move to China, but he is really not interested as he feels a move there would reduce his chances of playing for his country during the 2018 world cup in Russian Federation.

Diego Costa's time at Chelsea seems to have come to an end. 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.

"Atletico is among them, it would not mean not playing, they can loan me out to some team in Spain, Brazil or wherever, but I have to play".

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Following Spain's 2-2 draw with Colombia, Costa revealed that Antonio Conte does not have him in his future plans. The Belgium had his best Premier League season a year ago netting 25 goals. I forward the text to Chelsea people.

The club also question the decision to make Diego Costa available for transfer on a sporting level, and the manner of delivering the news; through a blunt text message. But if he doesn't want me there, then I will have to 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 global, given that he would have to sit out five months of the season until the transfer ban is lifted in January. There is a World Cup to think about and I need to play.

The former Atletico Madrid frontman is known to be of interest to clubs in the Chinese Super League, his likeliest destination this summer. Chelsea will have no trouble in moving on from the 28-year-old, and vice versa.

The 2016/17 Premier League winners are also said to be hoping to add a bit more steel to their defence, and have identified the Juventus duo of Sandro and Bonucci as ideal recruitments. Costa would be a statement signing, signaling the club's intent to become a rival to Juventus again, as well as a show of strength in the transfer market. "Being five months without playing?"

However, with the Spanish side banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association from registering new players until January, any move to Atletico before the end of August would mean Costa would have to wait until the new year to play.