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“Conte Has Told Me To Leave Chelsea” – Diego Costa Claims

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Diego Costa has claimed he has been told by Antonio Conte that he is not wanted at Chelsea next season, with the Spain striker admitting he will “have to find a way out” of Stamford Bridge.

The striker, who scored 22 goals in all competitions last season, had been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions for much of the past season including a lucrative move to Chinese Super League in January..

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However, Conte has told him to look for a new club, amid reports linking the Blues with a bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

Costa told the media following Spain’s 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia on Wednesday;

“Antonio Conte has told me by message that I will not continue with Chelsea and that’s it.

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“My relationship with the coach has been bad this season and it is clear that he does not want me on the team.

“I guess I have had such a bad season that I can’t continue.

“Right now I’m a Chelsea player because I have a contract, but the coach does not want me there. I have to find a new team.”

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When asked whether a return to Atletico is next on the cards for him, Costa added:

“Five months without playing? I do not know, it’s complicated.

“But people know that I love Atletico a lot and that I love living in Madrid.

“It would be nice to go back, but it’s difficult to go four or five months without playing and it’s a World Cup year.




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