Chelsea striker Diego Costa is highly unlikely to be at Stamford Bridge next season, regardless of whether he rejoins Atletico Madrid or not.
The Spanish international looks set to return to his former club in the coming days after three years in the Premier League, and it seems that the Chelsea management won’t exactly be sorry to see him go.
According to the Telegraph and the Guardian, Antonio Conte has effectively banished Costa from the squad. The forward has not returned to pre-season training with his teammates and has instead been given time off to secure a move back to Atleti, but even if that fails to materialise then he look set to be left out of the panel for Chelsea’s preseason tour of Asia next week.
Although Costa is reportedly as desperate to leave Chelsea as Conte is to get rid of him – and joining Atletico even though he wouldn’t be able to play until next January is the biggest indicator of that – one might have thought that the club’s failure to land Romelu Lukaku this summer might have altered Conte’s thinking.
However, this is seemingly not the case and Conte is apparently still determined to rid himself of a player that relations have been strained with ever since Costa seemed to be set for a move to China earlier this year.
Reports from Italy have suggested that Conte will now turn his attention to Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Costa, who is said to have already said goodbye to his Chelsea teammates, will be shown the door.
All going to plan, the 28-year-old will be reunited with Diego Simeone in Spain sooner rather than later.