Why Diego Costa will be missed at Chelsea


Details of the message sent by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte that caused striker Diego Costa to announce he was not wanted by the club have been revealed.

His former club Atletico cannot register new players until January 1 after infringing Federation Internationale de Football Association rules on signing underage players, but they can still make signings and loan them elsewhere until the New Year. "I do not know, it's complicated, but people know that I love Atletico a lot and that I love to live in Madrid", Costa said.

Spain stayed top of World Cup qualifying Group G with a 2-1 win in Skopje, the striker scoring the visitors' second goal to move on to five for the campaign.

Although his form dipped a little at times last season, Costa still made a major impact overall as Chelsea regained the Premier League title as he scored 20 goals and also created 42 chances.

"I haven't spoken to Chelsea yet but they know I'm focusing on this tournament so the discussions will happen after", he said.

Chelsea rejected a £76m bid for Costa from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjin in January and are therefore commanding a significant fee in order to help them in their pursuit of luring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.

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The Chelsea squad are due back for pre-season training at their Surrey HQ on July 7 but the ex-Italy chief Conte plans to return a couple of days beforehand to make sure he is fully prepared.

"Everyone knows that I have a lot of affection for them. If I want to be selected for the World Cup I can't move to China".

Costa's former Chelsea team-mate Asmir Begovic, who has left to join Bournemouth this summer, this week urged Conte to reconsider selling the Blues striker. But well, thanks to God I do not lack teams.

Another Real Madrid player who seems destined to leave the club is Colombian James Rodriguez who has struggled to find game time under Zinedine Zidane this season.

"I hope this situation can resolve itself and they can have a good relationship going forward".

"Many friends called me in the last hours to ask about it, but Diego did not commented on that".