Asmir Begovic warns Chelsea against selling Diego Costa

"Conte told me in a text message that I won't be a part of the team next season".

Diego Costa has aimed a dig at manager Antonio Conte as well as discussing possible options as a Chelsea departure seems imminent.

Diego Costa is set to depart the club in the summer and the entry of Manchester United and Chelsea might just add some more spice to the transfer saga. This move was going in the right direction until the Spanish side got the news that their appeal was cancelled meaning they couldn't sign any player this summer.

Costa scored 20 goals in 35 league appearances in Chelsea's title-winning campaign last season amid local media speculation that he has an unfavourable relationship with the Italian manager.

But if they do, neither club will offer more than around £22m for Costa, which is £10m less than Chelsea paid for the fiery frontman three years ago.

Costa was omitted from Chelsea's squad in January after he was engaged in a dispute with the club's fitness coach and later linked with a move to Chinese club, Tianjin Quanjian.

Sky Sports News HQ reported last week that the 28-year-old's representatives were in talks with AC Milan over a move to Serie A, with his apparent preference for a return to Atletico Madrid complicated by their transfer ban. It's a World Cup year and there's a lot to think about. "If the coach doesn't want you in his team, Chelsea have to sell me, and in the sales".

If Chelsea indeed want rid of the Brazilian-cum-Spainiard, perhaps they should slow down their efforts before doing anything they might regret.

"Antonio Conte has told me by message that I will not continue with Chelsea and that's it", Costa said, as quoted by the Sun.

"Being five months without playing?" Begovic might hope for an amicable resolution, but it's tough to see a way back for Costa at this point. Conte doesn't want to keep the player and Costa doesn't want to stay, meaning that the club aren't likely to be driving too hard a bargain.

Diego Costa admits he is prepared to go on loan for the first half of next season in order to secure a transfer to Atletico Madrid.

Jon Walters smashed in a late equaliser as the Republic of Ireland fought back to draw 1-1 with Austria in its World Cup qualifier in Dublin on Sunday.

  • Julie Sanders