Costa could return to Atletico, says Simeone

Costa could return to Atletico, says Simeone

The Brazilian-born-Spaniard was told by Antonio Conte via text message that his services were no longer required at Stamford Bridge, despite his goals firing the Blues to the Premier League title last season.

Either way, there could finally be some light at the end of this tunnel, though that’s dependent on Milan being able to afford Chelsea’s demands (or at least come closer to meeting them than Atletico) and Costa approving a non-Atleti transfer, at least for now, as well.

“All the players want to stay, they want to achieve even better goals and get even better”, he said. We can’t say anything about that yet’.

Costa left the Spanish side in 2014 to join Chelsea, and although Atletico’s transfer ban prevents them from registering any new players before January, they can sign them but not play them.

“I won’t speak about him now he is a player of Chelsea“. We talk about those who will start the season with us, those are the important ones to us.

However, with the 28-year-old set to be frozen out at Chelsea until the new year, rumours of interest on the part of rebuilding Serie A giants AC Milan has been growing over recent weeks.

The option to loan him to a club in China or Brazil has reportedly been shelved meaning Costa may have to risk being inactive for the first half of the campaign in the final domestic season before the 2018 World Cup. As for management, I’m open to everything in the future, but right now I’m happy to be under contract at Atl├ętico, with a strong relationship with the club.