Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said that he is still waiting to hear from the club regarding his future in the wake of a message the player received from manager Antonio Conte last week explaining he would not form part of the plans for next season.
Away on international duty, Costa went public with news of the message after Spain’s 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday and spoke to the media once more after scoring against Macedonia in a World Cup qualifying win.
The 28-year-old is thought to have passed on Conte’s message to Stamford Bridge officials, but he claims not to have heard anything back on what will happen to him.
“I don’t know,” Costa is quoted as saying after speaking to Spanish television.
“I have two years left on my contract with Chelsea, they have to realise what they want to do with me. I have to wait to see what decision the club makes.”
Despite being heavily linked with a move to the Chinese Super League since January, Costa recently declared that it is not his intention to leave Europe.
At the same time he stated a desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid, only for his ex-employers to have a transfer ban upheld on appeal.
More recently, it is believed that agent Jorge Mendes opened a line of communication with AC Milan just hours after Conte’s text message came in. Any chance of securing a move to the San Siro appears to have been hampered by excessive wage demands, though.
Costa’s decision to go public looks to have damaged Chelsea’s position. With the world well aware the Premier League champions are keen to sell, their power to demand a handsome fee has been taken away, while Costa could even be entitled to a departing loyalty bonus as the text message is proof that his likely exit was instigated by the club and not him.
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