Sunday July 31 2016
Conte hints at Costa exit?

Antonio Conte has admitted for the first time that he “doesn’t know” if Atletico Madrid target Diego Costa will stay at Chelsea.

Costa missed Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Saturday with a reported back injury, yet Conte made the surprising admission about the striker after the game – just two days after insisting there was “no issue” with the former Atleti man.

“I can say that today Costa is a Chelsea player,” the Coach is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“He didn’t play in these games because of injury and if he solves the injury and I see in training that he is in good shape it can be possible to see him in the next game against Milan.

“But I can say only this. I speak only for today and today Costa is Chelsea’s player. Tomorrow if you ask me if Costa will remain with us, I don’t know.”

Costa’s former club appeared to have given up on bringing back the 27-year-old with the signing of Kevin Gameiro, who will be presented by Los Colchoneros on Sunday.

Football Italia website