Date: 8th June 2017 at 7:37am
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The big news that has broken this morning relates to Diego Costa.

Our top-scorer last season, with 20 goals in the 35 Premier League games he played for us, is of the opinion that he no longer features in the clubs plans, which would suggest a move away from Stamford Bridge.

In quotes that have appeared on the BBC Sport web-site, Diego is reputed to have remarked,

‘I’m a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there.

‘Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that’s it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season.

‘My relationship with the coach has been bad this season. It’s a shame, I’ve already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide.

‘You have to find a team.’

The suggestion previously was that Diego would only leave Chelsea for a return to Atletico Madrid, but with the Spanish club operating under a transfer ban that doesn`t look likely.

But Diego appears aware that he could still sign for Atletico Madrid but wait until the transfer ban to finish in January 2018, further adding,

‘Being five months without playing? I do not know, it’s complicated, but people know that I love Atletico a lot and that I love to live in Madrid.

‘It would be nice to go back, but it’s difficult to be four or five months without playing. It’s a World Cup year and there are many things to think about. I need to play, just that.’

The next few weeks promise to be very interesting indeed.

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