Chelsea outcast Costa has "lots of offers" insists brother

Costa has revealed he does not figure in the plans of Blues boss Antonio Conte and will be allowed to move on, and that could give Batshuayi fresh hope regards forcing his way into the Chelsea side.

"Thankfully Diego has lots of offers". "I can't say how many but they exist".

A return to Atletico Madrid has been discussed, although the La Liga club's transfer ban remains a potential obstacle.

"All great managers find the right opportunity to make a tactical change which creates a twist and it's just selling something new to the players".

West Ham can not afford to wait around to see if Batshuayi changes his mind, and must press on with alternative targets right now.

The Sun now claims that Conte has received the full support from Chelsea's hierarchy, which sends a clear message to the squad that the Italian's decision to axe Costa is fully supported.

Atletico can not officially register new players until January, so what is Costa to do?

Such a move for the Brazil-born Costa is unlikely, even though he is a fan of that club, his brother said.

The 28-year-old has revealed Antonio Conte informed him that he has no future at Stamford Bridge next season while Julen Lopetegui will not consider excluding him if he is to sit out action with an Atletico return.

He does not want to jeopardise his chances of playing at the 2018 World Cup, however, and therefore is likely to remain in Europe.

He started and scored in Spain's 2-1 win at Macedonia in Sunday's World Cup qualifier.

  • Julie Sanders