It has been reported that Premier league winning striker Diego Costa has been given permission to leave Stamford Bridge over the summer. The striker who scored 20 goals this season in 35 premier League games, spoke to the press after Spain’s 2-2 draw with Columbia on Wednesday.
The Brazilian born Spanish International, stated:
“I'm a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there,” and then went on to explain “My relationship with the coach has been bad this season. It's a shame, before stating that Coach Antonio Conte informed him that “You have to find a team.” by message.
This dispute with the Chelsea management, has never been a secret, with Costa being publicly dropped for Chelsea’s away fixture with Leicester in January, after being involved in a dispute with one of Chelsea’s fitness coach’s.
This followed reports of a possible move to China, which would have come with a £30 million a year salary, although at the time Chelsea were reluctant to release Costa, New rules regarding foreign players in the Chinese Super League put an end to any transfer taking place.
Before signing for Chelsea from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid for a reported £32m in 2014, where he had spent 4 years and admits he would be interested in a return to the Spanish capital, however Atletico are currently in a banned from signing players until 2017, after falling foul of FIFA’s transfer rules involving minors.
With that in mind and the fact it’s a world cup year next summer, would Costa risk his place in the national squad by sitting on the side lines for half a season? If not be assured plenty of over teams will be looking at the situation closely over the coming weeks.