Chelsea face £10million hit on striker after row with Antonio Conte

Chelsea board ‘stunned’ by Antonio Conte’s transfer decision

Costa has not hidden his intention to return to Athletico Madrid but revealed that the transfer ban now imposed on the club might be a stumbling block to any potential move.

"I'm a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there".

There are few clubs that can afford the Chelsea striker, although they will likely be aided by Conte's desire to get rid of him and Costa's own desire to be elsewhere. "If they sell me, I will look for the best choice", he said.

"I have a contract with Chelsea, they have to know what to do with me and I have to wait and know the decision that my club takes".

Jianlin has strong links with several clubs in the Chinese Super League and Atletico are hopeful that they could convince Costa to make a temporary switch until their transfer ban is lifted.

Conte is said to have text the players reminding them to return for pre-season in good shape, Costa's response to this message appears to have sealed his fate.

The Spanish striker has been linked with a move away from Chelsea after having apparently being told by Antonio Conte that he is not wanted at the club any longer. He was offered a chance to move to China in January, something that Chelsea rejected, and he recently ruled out moving there. Costa is furious at Conte's gesture, with the Spaniard of the view that he should have been told the same in person. Regardless of if I return or not, I'm always going to continue loving them. Many friends called me in the last hours to ask about it, but Diego did not comment on that.

He added: "It seems I didn't have a good season".

Physically, the Everton striker is even more intimidating with his incredible strength and burst of speed, while his tally of 25 goals for a club finishing seventh will be extremely enticing for Chelsea faithful. There is a World Cup to think about and I need to play. "I'll have to find a team".

Enter suburban Madrid outfit Racing Villaverde. who made a cheeky bid via Twitter to get the 2017 Premier League victor to join up with them for the next six months.

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