Diego Costa will not leave Chelsea for China this summer and says: “If the club wants to sell me, they know where I want to go.”
Talk of the 28-year-old moving to China has bee rife ever since he reportedly turned down a lucrative move in January
Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian had been confident of sealing a £76million move for the striker, but their hopes have now been quashed with Costa ruling out a move to Asia.
Costa, who scored in Chelsea’s 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal yesterday, afterwards spoke to Spanish journalists about his future.
“I will only leave Chelsea for Atletico,” said the striker.
“If not, I will stay here. I’m not interested in other clubs.I know Chelsea wants to sell players, but I told them, I have two years left in my contract and I won’t go somewhere else just because they want so.
“I will only sign for another club in Europe, they know that. Otherwise I’ll stay with my current contract.
“I have a contract and no intention of leaving, but if there are changes to be made that might reduce my chances, if the coach won’t count on me anymore or is to give space for another striker, I know that I’ll have to leave.
“But only to where I’m willing to.”
Costa has made no secret of his fondness of his former club Atletico Madrid and they are understood to have renewed their interest in the forward, who scored 64 goals in 135 appearances.
“Everyone knows what my preferred club is, there’s nothing to hide. Money is good, but I’m grateful for what I have right now and I have other things to look forward to, like playing the next World Cup,” added Costa.
“I know that I have a chance to be called if I’m playing well and at a high level, that’s something I want.
“If I have to move to another city or another country than Spain, I don’t think I’ll go, I’d rather stay at Chelsea. If the club wants to sell me, they know where I want to go.”