The rift between Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and star attacker Diego Costa has taken a new twist, with reports claiming the Brazil-born Spain international wants to make peace with his club and manager.
However, Conte is not interested in patching things up with the attacker. The Italian is still unhappy with Costa after he flirted with the opportunity of moving to the Chinese Super League with Tianjian Quanjian in January.
Costa has been allowed to skip preseason as he looks to finalise a move to his former club Atletico Madrid. Costa remains a fans favourite at Atletico after firing them to the La Liga title in 2014. He moved to Chelsea that summer and helped the Blues win two Premier League titles in three seasons, by scoring at least 20 league goals in those seasons.
Atletico is also keen to have Costa back, but their transfer ban means he cannot play for them until January. They are willing to complete the signing this summer and loan him out to another team for the first half of the season.
Conte has turned to Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata as a replacement for Costa, with a deal worth 70 million in progress.