Atletico Madrid’s £32m Chelsea target drops big hint over his future

Vicente Calderon

Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa was interviewed ahead of the Madrid derby with Real Madrid this weekend.

Not a week goes by without a world class name being linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.

Names such as Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao, Edison Cavani and even ex-Manchester City troublemaker Mario Balotelli are amongst the very best linked with a deal to Stamford Bridge – but what are the chances of Mourinho pulling off such a coup?

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa has been talked about a lot, and given Atletico’s history of selling strikers, then perhaps If Chelsea were to sign a big name then he would be the most realistic option.

Atletico Madrid’s president Enrique Cerezo however has different ideas.

Recently reported in the Spanish paper El Confidencial, Enrique Cerezo stated regarding Diego Costa’s future:

“I don’t think that Diego Costa will leave Atletico next year. Unquestionably, we don’t want to sell any player for any price.”

“He wants to play for the Spanish national team, he likes Spain, and he lives here.”

Diego Costa is currently enjoying the best season of his career, netting 21 goals in 25 La Liga appearances and helping the Rojiblancos compete with Real Madrid and Barcelona for the title.

The Madrid derby this weekend will have a significant say in the destination of the La Liga crown, and Diego Costa conducted an exclusive interview with Spanish paper AS ahead of the clash.

When asked about his president’s comments regarding his future, the 25-year-old answered by dropping a huge hint over his future.

He said: “If that is what the President says… then who is better to know it than him.”

Ultimately agreeing with his owner’s thoughts, Diego Costa has presumably all but revealed that his immediate future lies at his current club.

There is no denying that he is happy and willing to stay in Madrid. Now that his side have reached a level where they can compete on all fronts and ambition is no longer a necessity, perhaps Chelsea’s only option this summer would be to incite him with their vastly superior financial muscle.

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