Chelsea striker Diego Costa has revealed that he has been informed by manager Antonio Conte that he is not wanted at Chelsea in the upcoming season. The Spaniard admitted that he will ‘have to find a way out’ of Stamford Bridge before the next season commences.
Costa, who is currently away on the international duty with the Spanish national team after helping Chelsea to the 2016-17 Premier League title, has been rumored with a move away to China with the Chinese Super League team Tianjin Quanjian. His dream of returning to his former club Atletico Madrid has been quashed after the transfer ban against the La Liga side was upheld.
With Chelsea interested in re-uniting with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, the 28-year old powerhouse claimed after Spain’s 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday night that Conte had sent him a message this week to tell him that he does expect him to be part of his squad next season. Costa scored 20 Premier League goals last season, playing a vital part in Chelsea’s second Premier League triumph in three seasons.
“My relationship with the coach has been bad this season. I suppose I have had a bad season so I cannot go on. I am going to be honest, the other day, Conte sent me a message saying he does not count on me for next season, so I will have to find a way out. I love living in Madrid but I have to think about my future. It is complicated because I cannot go four or five months without playing. I have no preference for a league, I just want to play” said Costa.
The former Atletico Madrid striker has already made it clear that he does not see himself moving to China. Although it remains to be seen whether there is an interest for him from other European clubs.
Another Chelsea striker faces a similar situation, with Belgian striker Michi Batshuayi insisting that he would not tolerate one more season as a squad player as he looks for more playing time ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.