It's been reported that Atletico Madrid considering using a Chinese intermediary to sign Chelsea attacker Diego Costa this summer in an attempt to circumvent their transfer ban. Perhaps this is the summer it happens, but that would be very complicated as they can't register any new players until January 2018 due to a Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban.
"They can loan me out to some team in Spain, Brazil or wherever, but I have to play", he said.
"I get on very well with everyone and that speaks for itself", he told Cadena SER after Spain's 2-1 win over Macedonia on Sunday.
Whoever Chelsea sign will have to match Costa's impressive consistency of goals and assists if Chelsea are going to retain the Premier League title next season. "If the coach doesn't want you in his team, Chelsea have to sell me, and in the sales". "I have to wait to see what decision the club makes".
Costa's career at Chelsea is all but over after the Spain global recently revealed that Antonio Conte told him he was surplus to requirements via text.
Diego Costa has aimed a dig at manager Antonio Conte as well as discussing possible options as a Chelsea departure seems imminent.
One thing's for sure, however, and that is that Costa won't be moving to China despite reports of several big money offers from their Super League. I care a lot for Atlético and I will continue to care for them very much whether I join them or another team.
High-scoring Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been linked with his former club Chelsea after the Belgian said he had decided where he wants to move ahead of the next season and had reached an agreement with another club. Many friends called me in the last hours to ask about it, but Diego did not comment on that. I am still waiting for the club's decision'.
A big-money move to the Chinese Super League has always been mooted for Costa.
Costa has endured a fractious relationship with Conte ever since the demanding Italian took charge last summer. But it is clear that the coach does not count on me and does not want me there.