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Written by Chineze Ogugua

Chelsea forward, Diego Costa has revealed that he will not be in Coach Antonio Conte’s plan for next season and that he has to start looking for a new club increasing speculation on his move to Atletico Madrid. Costa made this revelation after Spain’s 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia yesterday.

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The 28-year-old stated that Conte had informed him in a text message that he was free to look for another club and believes his dip in form in the second half of the season is behind the decision.

“I had a simple little message on my mobile from Conte in which he said that he isn’t counting on me for next season,” Costa told the media.

“It will be because I’ve done badly this year. It’s a shame. I’ve forwarded the message on to the people at the club for them to decide but it’s clear that the coach isn’t counting on me and he doesn’t want me there.”

“I’m on the market and so I’m looking for a team. If the coach doesn’t want you, you have to leave.”

“It would be nice to go back to Atletico but I have to think everything over. There’s a World Cup and I need to play. Being four or five months without playing is tough, but people know that I love my Atletico team-mates a lot, I love living in Madrid.”

Costa finished last season as Chelsea’s leading goal scorer with 22 goals in all competitions.


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