New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has spoken out about the reported interest from Atlético Madrid in striker Diego Costa , and insists the Spaniard is staying put.
The striker arrived at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago and quickly became a favourite with Chelsea fans – and a villain with others. His tremendous goalscoring ability was one of the key factors in the Blues sealing their first Premier League trophy since Ancelotti’s 2009/10 season.
But reports emerged throughout last season stating that Costa was unsettled at Stamford Bridge – and was eyeing a move back to Madrid. It is no secret that Atleti boss Diego Simeone adores Costa, and both enjoyed an extremely successful time together at the Vicente Calderón
Madrid President Enrique Cerezo seemingly suggested that Costa would be on his way back to the Spanish capital, when he reportedly said that Costa was ‘close’ to rejoining the Spanish side.
However speaking in a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s second pre-season friendly against Austrian top flight side RZ Pellets, Conte reassured Chelsea fans that his star striker is going nowhere.
“Diego is our player. He is a fantastic player, a player with a fundamental importance and there is no problem. He stays with us, he is working very hard, he is very happy to work with his teammates and with me in the new idea of football. He is a Chelsea player.”
Conte also revealed to on looking British and foreign press that Chelsea will be exploring a new idea of football for the upcoming season, containing different tactical, physical and mental aspects.
This will undoubtedly please Chelsea fans as many have grown tired of the negative style employed at Stamford Bridge over recent seasons, and want a return to the explosive and pacey play once played at SW6.
If Costa does stay put and fits into the Italians brand new system, next season could see the arrival of a new era at the Bridge led by a world-class striker who is like no other in the Premier League. Replicating the form shown in his latter days in Madrid and first season at Chelsea would be his main aim and if he accomplishes this, we could be on par with Europe’s best.