Diego Costa will remain a Chelsea player this season, despite many reports claiming that the striker has shown his desire to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Many sections of the Spanish media claimed that Costa wanted to return to former club Atletico Madrid.
“Reports in Spain that Diego Costa has handed in a transfer request. He hasn’t.” Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail tweeted.
Nizaar Kinsella of Goal.com also confirmed the fact that the Spain international “is happy at Chelsea and is not looking for a move.” The speculation gained steam when Enrique Cerezo, president of Atletico Madrid made a statement recently mentioning the club’s desire of bringing in the “best players in Atleti” following the mention of Diego Costa’s name.
Despite having a brilliant first season in Chelsea, Costa lost his touch during his second year at the club which resulted in The Blues’ poor performance in the English Premier League (EPL) last season. However, after Guus Hiddink took over the manager’s mantle from Jose Mourinho, the 27-year-old got his form back.
The man from Lagarto, Sergipe, Brazil finished the season with 12 goals and six assists registered to his name in the Premier League. He had a shot accuracy of 54% and made 28 appearances for the club, according to Squawka.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has limited options in the striker’s position and losing Diego Costa will be a huge blow. Despite adding the likes of Michy Batshuayi this season, the Italian lacks experience upfront which Costa provides.
Hence, it doesn’t look likely that the former Atletico Madrid striker will leave the club this summer, despite many reports in Spain claiming so.
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