Chelsea are set to hold talks with Diego Costa in what looks likely to be an anxious summer, after the striker delivered the club with an ultimatum regarding his future with them and whether or not one was in the cards.
Hours after the blues’ missed out on the double at the hands of Arsenal, Costa contended that although he refused to be pressured to move to China, Atlético Madrid was a football club he could see himself joining if he did make the decision to leave Chelsea.
Costa Contradicts Himself with Statements about Leaving
Although Costa claimed to be perfectly happy with staying at Stamford Bridge, he contradicted himself moments later by stating that he would certainly depart if Chelsea decided to sign a new striker for big money.
This assertion, however, is not likely to deter the football club in their continued pursuit of Romelu Lukaku, although the decision must have become a far weightier one when this news broke.
The situation surrounding Diego Costa is the most delicate issue the club will be facing over this summer, but there are as many as 9 of the first-team members of the squad that have doubts regarding their future as part of Chelsea.
John Terry and Asmir Begovic, set to join Bournemouth, are positive regarding their departures, but uncertainty hovers around Cesc Fàbregas, Nathan Aké, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ola Aina, Nemanja Matic, Kurt Zouma, Michy Batshuayi, and Kenedy.
Costa Refuses China after Resurgence of Interest from Atlético
Tianjin Quanjian, the Chinese Super League club who failed in their Costa-bid in January, were sure of managing to seal his £76 million move, but new rules regarding spending have complicated the affair.
Nobody believes it is mere coincidence that Costa’s timing in terms of insisting he is not interested in a move to China has happened to coincide with Atlético renewing their interest in him.
Upon being asked about whether or not he wanted Costa to continue playing for Chelsea, Conte dodged the question by stating that it was important for him to take 2 or 3 days of rest before he spoke at length about his players’ future.
After it was specifically put to the coach that he would likely desire that Costa remain, the head coach simply repeated that he would not currently discuss Chelsea’s future.