Chelsea’s much-maligned – and at times, public enemy number one, striker, Diego Costa has appeared to suggest that his career at the West London club is over, after removing all association to the Blues on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
The fiery forward was notified by Italian manager Antonio Conte at the end of the season, via text message, that his career with the club was over, after a series of falling outs, which was brought to a head after he was denied the chance to join Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.
Eagle-eyed social media users noticed that Costa had updated his official Instagram and Twitter accounts overnight, removing all mention of Chelsea in his biography, with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid credited with an interest in their former striker.
The Blues had hoped to replace the Spanish international with a new striker – most prominently Romelu Lukaku who is set to join Man Utd – but have been rebuffed in their attempts.
Now, their current striking impasse threatens to severely impact on their new season ahead, with Costa’s future unclear and the club having seen Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham join Liverpool and Swansea, respectively.
Meanwhile, Loic Remy is set to leave West London after an injury-ravaged spell with the club and Michy Batshuayi – the club’s only other senior forward – is not particularly trusted by Conte, having only featured on 20 occasions for the Pensioners last season.
Chelsea face Burnley in their Premier League opener on August 12 at Stamford Bridge and face the prospect of having to either play a striker that does not want to be at the club, or one that Conte does not have faith in.