Influential Chelsea ace casts further doubt over future, welcomes talk of Euro giants

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been heavily linked with an exit this summer, and he did little to clear up the situation when speaking to the media on Sunday.

The 28-year-old was informed by text last week that he doesn’t form part of Antonio Conte’s plans at Stamford Bridge next year, as noted by BBC Sport, and so he will have to consider his options despite playing an integral role in their Premier League title success last season.

However, speaking to reporters after Spain’s 2-1 win over Macedonia in World Cup qualifying, he wasn’t giving too much away in that he insisted the decision over his future lies with Chelsea.

“I don’t know about my future,” he is quoted as saying by BBC. “I have a contract with Chelsea and they are the ones who know what they will do with me.

“I have to wait to see what decision my club makes.”

While that was clear enough in that he is essentially leaving it with Chelsea to decide on his future, reports in Italy have focused on an additional quote that he went on to make in the same interview.

Costa has been linked with a move to China since January, while a return to Atletico Madrid remains an option further down the line as the Spanish outfit are unable to make any signings this summer after their transfer ban was upheld.

However, another option has presented itself, with AC Milan continuing their resurgence with a string of impression signings this summer, with the likes of Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie and Ricardo Rodriguez all joining the Italian giants. It seems Costa may be open to the idea.

“Atleti is a good option,” quote him as saying. “Milan are a great club with an impressive history.”

 It remains to be seen where he ends up, but ultimately it looks increasingly likely that Costa will be plying his trade away from west London at the start of next season.
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