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Costa eyes Atletico move after message from Conte

 

Chelsea striker Diego Costa claims Antonio Conte has told him he is not part of his plans for next season.

The 26-year-old, who scored 26 goals in 46 games for the Premier League champions last season, says Conte sent him a text message informing him of his fate and Costa is now contemplating his future away from Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to reporters after Spain's 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday night, Costa said: "I'm a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there. Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that's it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season.

"It's a shame, I've already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide. But it is clear that the coach does not count on me and does not want me there. You have to find a team."

Costa has his heart set on a return to Atletico Madrid, though that move would be delayed due to the Spanish club's transfer embargo.

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