Costa: I am not in Conte's plans

However, with the Spanish side banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association from registering new players until January, any move to Atletico before the end of August would mean Costa would have to wait until the new year to play.

Costa dropped a bombshell following Spain's 2-2 draw with Colombia last week when he told reporters that Conte had messaged him to tell him he does not figure in the Chelsea manager's plans for next season. But Atletico Madrid's transfer ban, which is in place until January, has made a deal hard to negotiate. "Signing for Atletico wouldn't mean not playing, I could go (on loan) to some team in Spain, in Italy, in Brazil.wherever I can continue playing". But if he doesn't want me there, then I will have to look for a new team.

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.

Diego Costa says he is still waiting for Chelsea to make their decision over his future after scoring in Spain's victory in Macedonia. He was offered a chance to move to China in January, something that Chelsea rejected, and he recently ruled out moving there.

'I have to think about the World Cup.

In turn, the striker revealed he wanted to return to Atletico Madrid, the club he moved to Chelsea from back in 2014. I'll stay with the good of everything.

Hi Diego, I hope you are well.

Diego Costa is set to depart the club in the summer and the entry of Manchester United and Chelsea might just add some more spice to the transfer saga.

As for his relationship with Conte, well, plenty more seems to be coming out following the Italian coach brutally casting aside Chelsea's leading goalscorer in each of the three seasons he's been at the club. On the plus side for the club, and I suppose for the player, is that there will be plenty of interest in him across Europe.

"I received a simple message from the coach on my phone and he said he is not counting on me for next season", said Costa, who scored 20 goals in 35 league appearances for the English champions previous year. "But well, thanks to God I do not lack teams".

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