Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has told Chelsea striker Diego Costa to “slam shut” any hopes he had about making a return to the Vicente Calderon.
Costa left Atletico for Chelsea in 2014 and played a starring role in last season’s Premier League title success, but the 27-year-old has been linked with a move back for several months.
The 27-year-old Spain international has struggled for goals this season and was recently dropped to the bench after failing to recapture his excellent first-season form for the Blues.
The Spain international this week admitted he “would be open” to a possible return to the club if the opportunity presented itself.
However, Marca and Mundo Deportivo quote Cerezo as telling an awards dinner in San Sebastian de los Reyes: “He can slam that door shut again – it’s mighty cold in here.”
Costa’s frustrations at Chelsea were laid bare at Tottenham a fortnight ago when he threw his substitutes bib at manager Jose Mourinho, after warming up in the second half but not taking to the field.
He has since apologised for his actions, but Costa’s start in the win over Porto on Wednesday was his first in three matches.