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Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone has hinted that the Spanish club will make an attempt to sign wantaway Chelsea striker Diego Costa in January, according to Sky Sports.

Last month, Diego Costa was granted extended holiday by the Blues and did not feature in the club’s pre-season tour of Asia after it was reported by the BBC that the striker had been told by Antonio Conte that he would not be part of the Italian’s Chelsea team for the upcoming season. As a result, the Spain international looks set for a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Last month, it was reported by Spanish media outlet AS that a return to Atlético Madrid was the striker’s preferred move. However, the La Liga side are currently serving a transfer ban which runs until January, but speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Atlético’s pre-season  tournament in Germany, the Atlético coach hinted at a January move for Costa:

“Diego Costa? If he comes in January… we can’t say anything about that yet. I won’t speak about him now. He is a player of Chelsea. We will talk about the boys who are here now, because we have a late start to the season. That is what is important.” Simeone told Sky Sports.

Diego Costa arrived from Atlético Madrid in July 2014 and has scored 52 goals in 89 appearances for the London side. With the arrival of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid last month, and the BBC reporting that Conte has no intention to use him this term, it appears that there is no future for Diego Costa at Chelsea.

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