Chelsea defender David Luiz has attempted to persuade teammate Diego Costa to return to London as the Spanish striker’s Blues future grows increasingly doubtful.
The 28-year-old appears to be almost certain to leave the club this summer having been told by manager Antonio Conte that he is not in his plans for next season.
And Costa has opted not to return to pre-season training, instead posting clips of his summer activities on social media.
He took to Instagram on Saturday to show live footage of a quad bike ride with his friends, and Luiz sneakily tried to encourage him back to Chelsea.
Luiz’s comment was surrounded by those of Besiktas fans, who had hysterically latched on to rumours that Costa could be set for a move to Turkey.
Costa is believed to be determined to return to former club Atletico Madrid, although their FIFA-imposed transfer ban could prove a hindrance in any potential deal.
The confrontational forward scored 20 goals in 35 Premier League games last season, helping Chelsea to an emphatic title win in Conte’s first season.
It was Costa’s third season with the Blues following his £32m arrival from Atletico in 2014, where he had spent the previous four seasons.
He has also been linked with a move to China, although the Brazilian-born striker has rejected the proposal of a move to the Super League, a decision that could cost Chelsea a substantial sum of money.