Diego Costa has reportedly told Antonio Conte he has “no interest” in a return to Atletico Madrid and is “totally committed” to the Blues.
The Blues forward was said to have been keen on a return to his former club after a difficult second season at Stamford Bridge last season.
But the Daily Telegraph claims the forward has now had a change of heart and now seems his future with the Blues and will tell incoming manager Conte his wish to stay at a team meeting next week.
Costa has enjoyed a summer off after being left out of Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain squad for Euro 2016 and is understood to be exciting about the arrival of his new boss. News of his impending stay has also been welcomed by TEAMtalk’s readers.
The report claims Conte, who will begin work at Cobham next week, is dreaming of partnering Costa with fellow Spain international striker with Alvaro Morata.
Chelsea have already splashed out £33million on Marseille hitman Michy Batshuayi but the outgoing Italy coach wants a third striker on the books at the Bridge.
Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao have already gone following the expiry of their loan deals while Loic Remy appears to be heading for Turkey in the transfer window.
Everton appear to have priced the Blues out of a move for Romelu Lukaku, while a move for Southampton’s Graziano Pelle, who he managed with Italy at the Euros, is seen as a backup option at this stage.
Morata is the primary target for the Blues but they are not believed to be willing to pay a mega fee for the Real Madrid man having already secured Batshuayi.