No way back
Chelsea are preparing to defend their title, and with their pre-season up and rolling, one thing is clear. Diego Costa does not have a future at the club.
Now it seems that the decision over his future was made way back in January, when issues between manager Antonio Conte and Diego Costa first came to light.
The duo were able to put their differences aside to allow Chelsea to claim the Premier League title, and now it seems that the differences are right at the forefront again.
The Telegraph claim Conte said: “I don’t like to talk about players who are not here but the only thing I can tell you [is that] in January, the Costa situation was very clear, for the club for him and his agent.
For me the situation is closed.”
Costa leaving does create a vacancy in the Chelsea side, and while Alvaro Morata seems to have filled it for the meantime but there are other players the club are thought to be targeting.
Conte is one of a few managers who’s been unhappy with the lack of business his club have conducted this summer, and it seems he will ask for at least a couple more players in addition to the ones who have already come in – and wait for Costa and Nemanja Matic to leave as well.