Atletico CEO on Chelsea targets: 'Aggressive approach' for Costa; Courtois wants to stay

Vicente Calderon

Two Chelsea targets were up for discussion when Gil Martin spoke after the Champions League final last night.

Atletico Madrid's dream season ended in disappointment last night, as their more illustrious city rivals Real Madrid spoiled their potential La Liga and Champions League double with a 4-1 win, after extra time, at the Estadio da Luz.

Now their focus must be on next season, with a host of their top players being targeted by teams across Europe. One team who seem to be taking an extra notice of Los Colchoneros' top talents are Chelsea.

The likes of Filipe Luis and Koke have recently been linked with the club - but the two players most likely to switch Rojiblancos for Blue next season are at opposite ends of the pitch for Atleti.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa are both believed to be in the plans for Jose Mourinho next season. Courtois is already owned by Chelsea, and has been on loan at the Vicente Calderon for three years now, whilst Costa is believed to be the subject of a successful £32 million bid.

But one man seemingly holding on to hope of keeping both players is Atletico CEO Gil Marin. He said in his post-match interview:

“There is another way to compete, with values, commitment and hunger and it’s a beautiful thing. We’re going to try and make sure that all of the relevant players stay here. We’ve made a very aggressive approach for Costa to stay and we want to keep this dream going. It all depends on him."

And on the subject of the Belgian goalkeeper:

“Courtois wants to stay and he’s told the directors that. But it all depends on him and Chelsea have an injured goalkeeper.”

So while Marin holds out hope he still has to admit that Chelsea have the advantage in these transfer negotiations.

The fact remains that while Chelsea own the rights to Courtois and can meet the release clause for Costa the future of their shot-stopper and top scorer is completely out of his hands.

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