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Chelsea Star ‘Desperate To Quit The Club’ This Summer

Diego Costa

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hasn’t even taken charge of the club yet but he already faces his first major battle.

The lack of Champions League football at Stamford Bridge has meant that they face a fight to keep hold of their best players this summer, with the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard being linked with moves away.

One player who definitely does want to depart the club, according to the Telegraph, is striker Diego Costa.

The Spanish international has been in flying form since José Mourinho was replaced by Guus Hiddink in December, scoring 11 goals in 17 games as Chelsea looked to make up for a shambolic start to the current campaign.

Rather than stick around and fully make up for that wretched run of form, however, he apparently wants to jump ship at the end of the season.

The report alleges that Diego Costa is desperate to quit the club this summer and return to former club Atlético Madrid.

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 15:  Diego Costa of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their opening goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and RCD Espanyol at Vicente Calderon Stadium on March 15, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

This apparently has nothing to do with the fact that Chelsea will not be in Europe’s premier club competition next season – rather that he is simply fed up with the scrutiny over his disciplinary issues.

The 27 year old received only his first red card in English football in last month’s 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Everton – his reaction to which saw him receive an extra game added to his suspension and a £20,000 to go with that – but he has been involved in a number of incidents which have gained him notoriety in the Premier League.

Conte has promised Chelsea that they will make it back into the Champions League at the first attempt, but Diego Costa is still reportedly determined to leave.

Atlético would welcome the striker back to the Calderón with open arms such is the esteem he is still held in there – and while PSG also retain an interest in the player, the encouragement they have been receiving to pursue Neymar recently means that they now have other priorities.

Any offer that Chelsea do receive would have to be more than the £32million they bought him for for them to even consider selling.

As for who could replace Diego Costa at Chelsea, they apparently have a range of options. The Independent were yesterday linking Conte with a £50million bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku (which would be £22m more than they sold him for two years ago), while Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuaín are also being touted as potential replacements.

NAPLES, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26:  Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Juventus FC at Stadio San Paolo on September 26, 2015 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

In fact, they might attempt to sign more than one of the names on that shortlist. With Loïc Rémy set to leave, along with the expiry of the loan deals for Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao, Chelsea would be left in the highly undesirable situation of having no senior strikers on the books – hardly ideal preparation for a season of transition.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.