Diego Costa: Antonio Conte has told me I’m not wanted at Chelsea next season

Diego Costa has claimed he was told by Antonio Conte that he wanted to be at Chelsea next season, with the Spain striker admitting he “got a way to find out” from Stamford Bridge.

Costa, who is away on international duty to win after Chelsea, the Premier League title last season, have been seen in connection with a move to the Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, a possible return to Atletico Madrid after the collapse of the Spanish side for the transfer was given instead of a ban. But with Chelsea interested in a move for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, the 28-year-old showed off to Spain in 2: 2 draw with Colombia in the night on Thursday that Conte had sent him a message this week to inform him that he expect the player who scored 20 Premier League goals last season, to be part of his team next season.

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“My relationship with the coach have been bad this season. I don’t suppose I have a bad season, so that I can said more,” Costa said.

“I’ll be honest, the other day, Conte sent me a message that he can count on me for next season, so I’m going to have to find a way out.

“I love the life in Madrid, but I must think of my future. It’s complicated, because I can’t go on to play for four or five months without. I have no preference for a League, I just want to play.”

Costa has already made it clear to move his aversion to China, although it remains unclear whether he has other suitors in Europe. The Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi has also insisted he will not tolerate another season as a bit-part player at Chelsea, as he aims for a place at the world Cup in Russia.