Unwanted by Chelsea, Diego Costa shines with Spain

Posted June 15, 2017

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is set to scupper his club's transfer plans by telling former club Atletico Madrid that he intends on signing for them in January.

Coach Antonio Conte was said to have given Costa the old heave-ho by text message last week, informing the 28-year-old he was not part of his plans for next season. Perhaps this is the summer it happens, but that would be very complicated as they can't register any new players until January 2018 due to a Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban.

Asked about the possibility of seeing his brother play for Brazilian club Palmeiras, Jair Costa told Yahoo Esportes: "To be honest, now, I find it very hard".

After scoring in Spain's 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Macedonia, Costa admitted there was no point in trying to fight for his future at the west London club but ruled out a move to the Far East.

Despite having a 26-goal season, Diego Costa's Chelsea future has never been so unsure. If they want to sell me, they'll have to sell me.

"Everyone knows that I have a lot of affection for them. I have to wait to see what decision the club makes".

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The recent leaking of a text exchange between manager Antonio Conte and the player has confirmed multiple reports. He was linked with a move to China throughout the January transfer window.

"I hope this situation can resolve itself and they can have a good relationship going forward".

"I don't know, it seems that I had a bad season", Costa said, not hiding his disappointment with how the matter was handled. Given all the stress and strife between the two gentlemen this season, a lot of which played out in public, this is certainly no surprise.

"I just have to look for another team to play for", he said. 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.

"Many friends called me in the last hours to ask about it, but Diego did not commented on that". Out of all Premier League players with more than 10 appearances, the Spaniard has scored in the highest percentage of games, 45 out of 89, or 50.6%.