Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has told Diego Costa to come out and make it clear what he wants to do with his career.
Speaking to the Spanish radio station, Cadena Sar Cerezo said: “He is the one that has to say and decide. Costa is a Chelsea player and we can’t even say that we are interested.”
The forward who scored 20 goals as Chelsea lifted their second Premier League title in three years has been told that his services are no longer required at Stamford Bridge and that he needs to find a new club.
Rumours have been circulating that Costa’s relationship with manager Antonio Conte has broken down and that is the reason that he looks set to be leaving the Premier League champions.
Atletico Madrid have emerged as the front-runners for Costa’s signature which would be a return to a former club for the striker. Costa spent three seasons at the Vicente Calderon and scored 36 goals in all competitions in the 2013-14 season which saw Atleti lift their 10th La Liga title and lose the final of the Champions League to their city rivals Real Madrid.
While Atletico Madrid are the favourites to sign Costa, they are currently under a transfer ban which would mean that he could not be registered until 1st January 2018. The Star report that Costa may head to Brazil on loan until Atletico’s transfer ban is lifted. Enrique Cerezo said that: What I can say is that we are in a situation [transfer ban] where we are working for the future.”
While Costa said that Chelsea hold the cards over his future: “Signing for Atletico doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t be playing. I could be loaned out. Chelsea are my owners. If they want to sell me, they’ll have to sell me.”