Chelsea striker Diego Costa says he will only leave the Premier League champions for Atletico Madrid.
The Spain international’s future has been in doubt ever since January, when he was the subject of a bid from Chinese Super League team Tianjin Quanjian, only for the move to fall through – Costa has since claimed former club Atletico is the only side – bar Chelsea – that interests him.
Costa said: ”I will only leave Chelsea for Atlético. If not, I will stay here. I’m not interested in other clubs.”
The 28-year-old reiterated that, if a move to Spain fails to materialise, he will remain with Chelsea in England.
He added, as quoted by Goal: “I know Chelsea wants to sell players, but I told them, I have two years left in my contract and I won’t go somewhere else just because they want so. I will only sign for another club in Europe, they know that. Otherwise I’ll stay with my current contract.
“I have a contract and no intention of leaving, but if there are changes to be made that might reduce my chances, if the coach won’t count on me anymore or is to give space for another striker, I know that I’ll have to leave. But only to where I’m willing to.
“Everyone know what my preferred club is, there’s nothing to hide. Money is good, but I’m grateful for what I have right now and I have other things to look forward to, like playing the next World Cup. I know that I have a chance to be called if I’m playing well and at a high level, that’s something I want.”
“If I have to move to another city or another country than Spain, I don’t think I’ll go, I’d rather stay at Chelsea. If the club wants to sell me, they know where I want to go.”