Diego Costa is “sick” of London and will look for a move away from Chelsea at the end of the season, according to reports
According to the Sun, Diego Costa has told friends that he has had enough of the gloomy weather in London and will look to quit Chelsea at the end of the season, despite the fact that Chelsea are now very close to clinching a Premier League title.
Costa joined Chelsea in the summer of the 2014-15 season from Atletico Madrid after the Blues activated his £32 million buy-out clause. He was an instant success in England, leading Chelsea to the 2014-15 Premier League title with 20 goals in 26 appearances and being named in the PFA Team of the Year at the end of the season.
The Spanish international was one of many players whose form dropped alarmingly last season. But this year, he has been in much better form under new manager Antonio Conte and has already picked up 17 goals in 26 appearances for the Blues.
Costa had been linked with a move away from the Blues at the start of the season and admitted last month that he had done “all that he could” to return to Atletico Madrid but Los Rojiblancos decided not to wait and signed Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla instead.
The Spanish international also admitted that he told Antonio Conte he wanted to leave on the Italian’s very first day in charge and that the manager was so upset that he would not even look at him as a result.
However, Costa ended up staying with Chelsea and his form convinced Conte to forgive him. Despite this, there was apparently another fall-out with the manager in January, when a Chinese club came in with an offer that unsettled Costa.
Despite the fact that the fiery forward stayed with Chelsea in the end, it appears increasingly likely that he might be sold at the end of the season with reports last month even claiming that Conte has already decided to offload the striker.
Atletico Madrid could very well reignite their interest in the 28-year old, particularly since they will likely lose Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United this summer. Even if the Rojoblancos do not come in for the striker, there is no doubt he will have plenty of suitors both in Spain as well as from China.