Atletico Madrid’s president has told Diego Costa that he must make a decision over his future, as the striker considers not playing for half a year in order to seal a return to his former club, report The Metro.
After Costa revealed last week that he had been informed by Antonio Conte that he was not in the Italian’s plans for next season, as the BBC report, the wantaway striker told reporters that he would like to return to Madrid.
Costa moved to Chelsea from Atletico in 2014 for what the BBC reported to be a fee in the £32m, and has led the Blues to two league titles in three years. However, the Spain international has had his head turned by offers on more than one occasion and a bid from China reportedly led to a training ground bust-up with one of Conte’s fitness coaches, as The Telegraph report.
With his future seemingly far from Chelsea, the 28-year-old’s first choice destination appears to be Atletico, but the club has been given a transfer ban until January by FIFA for breaching rules on signing minors, say the BBC.
Speaking on the issue, Cerezo made it clear that Costa would need to make a decision soon, as the Spanish club will need to begin to target other options, as the Metro report:
“He is the one that has to say and decide,” said Cerezo. “Costa is a Chelsea player and we can’t even say that we are interested. What I can say is that we are in a situation where we are working for the future.”
One option for Costa is that he could go on-loan elsewhere from Chelsea until January and then sign for Atletico. Atletico’s transfer ban has also led to star striker and Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann choosing to not leave the club and sign a new long-term deal, per The Telegraph.