Unsettled Chelsea Star In Talks Over Surprise Move Away From Club
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is unhappy in London and has opened talks with Atletico Madrid about a shock move back to Spain this summer, according to reports.
As the opening of the summer transfer window approaches, managers are working hard identifying targets and lining-up potential deals so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, could Diego Costa be heading back to Spain already?
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is unhappy in London and has opened talks with Atletico Madrid about a shock move back to Spain this summer, according to reports today.
Costa only moved to Stamford Bridge 12 months ago after Chelsea met a release clause in his Atletico contract which was believed to be worth a reported £32 million.
The Brazilian-born striker was an instant success here in the Premier League and despite a niggling hamstring injury hampering his progress during the second half of the season, Costa still managed to score 20 goals in 26 league appearances.
Those goals helped Jose Mourinho’s men cruise to the Premier League title which completed a domestic double after the West Londoners lifted the Capital One Cup back in March, making it a memorable debut season in England for the Spanish international.
However, the Mirror are citing reports coming from Spanish outlet Marca who claim that Costa has struggled to acclimatise to life in London and isn’t happy with the weather, language or food.
The report suggests that the 26-year-old is ‘desperate’ for a move back to Spain and has already held talks with Atletico boss Diego Simeone about a potential shock return to the Vicente Calderon this summer, with Costa apparently willing to take a huge pay-cut in order to seal a move back to Madrid.
The report said:
“Although his season has been notable in a sporting sense, Diego Costa is not happy at Chelsea.”
“His problem is his lacking of adaptation to London, to the rainy English climate, the language and the food.”
“All of these have been key in moving the striker to make contact with the Atletico Madrid directors… with one objective. To return home, to the club he arrived at at 17 years old.”
They are bold claims and I’m sure Chelsea would do all they could to keep hold of the striker if Marca’s report is accurate, but I’d personally be surprised if there was any foundation to what they are reporting.
It may have been a frustrating campaign on the injury front, but Costa has shown no sign he’s discontent at Stamford Bridge and he’s settled into Mourinho’s team seamlessly.
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Even if he is keen on a move back to Spain, he’s under a long-term contract and is easily worth more than the £32m Chelsea paid for him last summer, so Atletico would need to come up with a huge offer for the Blues to even consider selling.
However, I don’t think Chelsea fans have anything to worry about and I’d be shocked if Costa wasn’t still at the newly-crowned champions come the start of next season.
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