Atletico president reveals status of £32m Diego Costa to Chelsea transfer deal

Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa to Chelsea is far from complete.

Spain's World Cup is now over, and striker Diego Costa watched on during their last game as an unused substitute as the desposed champions won 3-0 over Australia.

Costa however can now fly back to Spain with the rest of the squad, and begin sorting out where his future lies.

Just last week he admitted he was 'more in Chelsea than Atletico', but his club have now spoken out to slow down the rumours.

Club president Enrique Cerezo told Spanish newspaper AS: "With Costa (we) know nothing, only that there are contacts with Chelsea.

"But we still do not have the money or anything. Until we get the money of the clause (he) will remain Atletico."

Diego Costa's £32 million release clause is well known, but certainly it appears Chelsea have not pushed the deal forward as far as previously thought.

He did however confirm that goalkeeper Thiabut Courtois is not slated to return to the club next season, with Jose Mourinho planning to use him at Chelsea.

Cerezo's words do not rule out a deal for Costa, simply stating where the situation is up to. He went onto add that Atletico are scouring the market for players to strengthen, and while they are hoping to convince players like Costa to stay, they are not risking being caught short either.

Costa may have endured an unsuccessful World Cup, but he has come out of it without antagonising the hamstring injury which ruined the end of his season with Atletico.

His healthy return could have been a deal-breaker for the Blues, who however keen they may be on Costa, cannot do a deal until they make their interest official.

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