Ahead of their World Cup Qualifier with Macedonia in Skopje on Sunday, Spain took on Colombia in a friendly at Estadio Nueva Condomina in Murcia tonight.
The Spanish took the lead 22 minutes in through a goal from Manchester City’s David Silva but a late first-half strike from Edwin Cardona squared things up and a Radamel Falcao header in the 55th minute gave Colombia the lead. An 87th minute header from Real Madrid striker and Manchester United target Alvaro Morata secured a draw for the home side, however.
The big news of the evening though came after the game, when Diego Costa told members of the media that he had recently received a message from Antonio Conte confirming he is no longer a part of the Chelsea manager’s future plans.
“Conte has sent me a message telling me I’m not in his plans. If he doesn’t want me there then I will have to look for a [new] team,” said the Brazilian-born Spanish international(via The Daily Mail)
Costa, who scored 20 goals for Chelsea as the London club cantered to a 5th Premier League title and their first under Italy’s Conte, has said that he would like to return to former club Atletico Madrid, with whom he played from 2010-2014 and topped La Liga at the end of the 2013/2014 season. However, Atletico are prohibited from signing any new players until January 1st 2018, thanks to a transfer ban imposed on the club in 2016 after an investigation found that they had breached Fifa rules regarding the signing of minors.
Not wanting to spend several months on the sideline waiting for that ban to be lifted, Costa acknowledged that he will have to seek employment elsewhere.
“I love living in Madrid, but I have to think about my future,” said the player. “It’s complicated because I cannot go four or five months without playing. I have no preference for a league, I just want to play(via Metro).”