Conte confirms Chelsea star might leave this summer

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has refused to confirm that striker Diego Costa will be playing for the West London club next season.

The 27-year-old, who is yet to feature for the Blues during their US tour due to a minor back injury, has been consistently linked with a return to Atletico Madrid for quite some time now. The La Liga club have also time-and-time again expressed their desire to bring their former striker back to Vicente Calderon.

Now, Conte has further fuelled the rumours linking Costa to Atletico by refusing to confirm that he will be playing at Stamford Bridge next season.

When asked about Costa’s Chelsea future, Conte said: “I speak for today and today Costa is Chelsea’s player. Tomorrow if you ask me if Costa will remain with us, I don’t know.

“I can say that today Costa is a Chelsea player. He didn’t play in these games because of injury and if he solves the injury and I see in training he’s in good shape it can be possible to see him in the next game against AC Milan [on Wednesday]. But I can tell you only this.”

At the same time, the Evening Standard has also suggested that the Blues are closing in on a move for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea have lodged an improved bid of £60 million for their former striker and are hopeful of completing the signing in the next few days. The West London club sold Lukaku to Everton for £28 million just two seasons ago.

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