It appears that the animosity between Diego Costa and Chelsea may be fading away, and incoming manager Antonio Conte could be a big reason for that. After months of speculation as to whether the disgruntled striker will remain at Stamford Bridge or go elsewhere this summer, latest indications seem to point towards the latter thanks to the Italian manager’s imminent arrival.
According to the Daily Star, Costa has informed the club that he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and ‘fight for his place’ when Antonio Conte takes over as manager at the end of Euro 2016. Per the report, Chelsea are not listening to any offers for the 27-year-old Spanish striker.
Costa had a tough start to the 2015-16 season in terms of scoring, notching just four goals and just one assist in all competitions under Jose Mourinho prior to the Chelsea manager’s sacking in mid-December. Since Guus Hiddink took over, however, Costa has returned to form, scoring 11 goals and adding six assists in his last 16 matches.
Antonio Conte was announced as the new permanent manager of Chelsea earlier this month and owns a reputation as a superb football mind with a track record of success.
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