Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Antonio Conte assembles five-man Chelsea transfer shortlist, £230m

Conte doesn't want me at Chelsea: Costa Mustaqbalkii Costa ee Chelsea oo soo dhamaaday
Clarence Duncan | 18 June, 2017, 01:56

Chelsea could try to strike a deal to subsidise Costa's salary as part of a loan package as they have in the past but Milan's new Chinese owners would not want their marquee signing to arrive on loan using them as a stepping stone to Atletico Madrid.

Last week Costa, 28, revealed that Chelsea's manager sent him a message while he was away on worldwide duty to let him know he was no longer in his plans.

The Spain star is resigned to leaving and a return to Atletico Madrid appeals to him, even if he would have to wait until January when their transfer ban ends. "If I sign for Atlético it doesn't mean that I won't be able to play, I can still be loaned to another team weather it is Spain, Italy, Brazil or wherever it may be", he told Onda Cero.

"I think it's very unlikely because there is the World Cup next year and Diego Costa wants to be there", he added.

Despite Costa scoring 22 goals in all competitions for Chelsea as they won the Premier League, Conte reportedly grew tired of working with the striker.

Spanish paper AS today published the text message which the Italian sent to Costa informing him that he will be clearing out his locker at the club.

Costa's former Chelsea team-mate Asmir Begovic, who has left to join Bournemouth this summer, this week urged Conte to reconsider selling the Blues striker.

After a midseason fallout over a proposed move to China - Costa missed a victory at Leicester City in January due to a "back problem" before being reinstated to the team - Conte has decided that enough is enough and the eccentric, and often fractious, Costa must move on. Regardless of if I return or not, I'm always going to continue loving them. If I want to play the World Cup, I can not go to China. I am still waiting for the club's decision'. "It's a shame, but it's clear that the coach does not count on me and he does not want me there".

Diego Costa doubled their tally in the 27th minute, tapping in Isco's pin-point pass at the far post, but Ristovski shocked the Spaniards by reducing the deficit with a long run and thumping shot in the 66th minute to ignite a spark of hope for the home crowd. I'll stay with the good of everything.

Conte could also make a mover for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. "Now it's up to Chelsea to decide if I should be looking for then a new team".

"It was very important to win, we knew it would not be easy - look at the second half", he said.

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