Despite his pivotal role in Chelsea’s title-winning side last season, Diego Costa has been edging closer and closer towards the exit door this summer.
The Brazilian-born striker was ordered recently to return for the new campaign with the Blues having not shown up for pre-season training a number of weeks ago.
Following a bust-up with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte back in January, it was believed the 28-year-old had decided to force through a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League. However, the pair subsequently met, repaired the relationship and Costa stayed put.
However, all is obviously not well between he and Conte with the Spanish international this morning releasing a statement confirming he won’t go back to Chelsea.
As was expected, he has his heart set on a move back to Atletico Madrid. The statement was released via his hometown club Sportivo Sergipe.
“My destination is already made.
“I must return to Atletico Madrid. It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea does not want to release me.
“But I believe that this situation will be resolved now on my return to Spain.”
Costa scored 20 goals in 35 games for the champions last season and despite the arrival of Alvaro Morata, he leaves some massive boots to fill having won two titles in just three seasons in London.