Atletico Madrid Determined To Keep Hold Of Chelsea Targets Diego Costa And Filipe Luis This Summer

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However, Courtois may have no say in his return to his parent club at Stamford Bridge next season. 

A number of star players from Uefa Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid may now be staying at the Vicente Calderon after all this summer, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

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The La Liga champions lost 4-1 in extra time to city rivals Real Madrid in the final of Europe’s premier club competition in Lisbon on Saturday night.

And it was expected that the likes of Brazil-born front man Diego Costa, on-loan Belgium international Thibaut Courtois, Spain midfielder Koke and Brazil international left-back Filipe Luis would all be moving to the Premier League next season.

However, that may not now be the case, with Atleti said to be confident that their quartet of star men will all remain loyal to inspirational head coach Diego Simeone and remain, like him, in the Spanish capital to defend their Liga crown next season.

“I don’t have an emotional link to Chelsea,” said Courtois, 22. “I have nothing against them. It is just that I have this bond with Atletico after all I have lived through with the club these last three seasons.

“If I have to go back to Chelsea just to play FA Cup and League Cup games, I will have to look for a solution.”

Meanwhile, Atletico’s chief executive, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, has told Costa that the club will only seek to offload him this summer if the Spain international wants to leave.

“We’ll try and make sure that all of the relevant players stay here,” said Gil. “We’ve made a very aggressive approach for Diego to stay and we want to keep this dream going but it all depends on him.

“Our intention is not to sell anyone unless the player asks to be sold. Because of our run in the Champions League we have the money to mean we don’t have to sell.”

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