Unwanted by Chelsea, Diego Costa shines with Spain

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The club also question the decision to make Diego Costa available for transfer on a sporting level, and the manner of delivering the news; through a blunt text message. If they want to sell me, I will decide what the best option is. "I have to find a new team".

He reaffirmed his love for Atletico Madrid and of life in the Spanish capital but knows his former club are banned from signing players until the end of the year.

Chelsea do not have a buyer yet for Costa despite interest in his services in previous months.

"It would be great to go back but the World Cup is fast approaching and I need to be active in the field".

The Spaniards are still able to buy players but not register them under a Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer embargo which runs until January.

Costa returned to fire Chelsea to the title but with his Blues exit all but confirmed, he has suggested that he does not see Conte as a good person.

"It would be nice to go back to Atletico Madrid but it's hard to be four or five months without playing".

AC Milan are only second favourites in the betting at odds of 5/4 behind any Chinese club to sign Costa in the summer transfer window.

Isco topped that by deftly shifting the ball from his right to left boot to avoid a tackle and leave his defender behind, before crossing for Diego Costa to tap in his team-high fifth goal in qualifying.

"To sign for Atletico does not mean I wouldn't play", the 28-year-old told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

Costa had previously fallen out with Conte following a January bid from the Far East which the Stamford Bridge club duly dismissed. "If it was a fair fight [for a starting position], I would consider staying, but if it's not I have to leave".

It is reported that the Italian coach messaged each of his players their training requirements over the summer, to which Costa replied with a flippant remark.

"The aim was to get the three points and we knew it was going to be hard".

And it could be that Chelsea will have to part finance a short-term switch to Milan especially as they have been given little room to operate by Conte's decision.


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