Chelsea striker Diego Costa Atletico Madrid hopes hit by FIFA regulation

Diego Costa has told old club Atletico Madrid he is eager to return as he seeks to leave Chelsea this summer.

Kielce: Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is hoping to cement his place at Stamford Bridge after making a breakthrough for the Premier League champions under Antonio Conte last season.

Antonio Conte has promised to sign a new contract when he returns to take charge of pre-season training at Chelsea next month.

Following Spain's 2-2 draw with Colombia at the beginning of the month, Costa said: "I'm a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there".

On Thursday, Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has an update on the future of Costa.

Atleti are now serving a transfer ban which was upheld despite a recent appeal, meaning they can not register any new players until January 2018.

The 22-year-old, who joined Chelsea's academy at the age of 10, was sent out on six loan spells before the Italian boss made a decision to keep him at the club at the start of last campaign.

Di Marzio reports that the Blues have already come drastically down in their asking price, which now sits at 60 million euros.

Negotiations continue as Chelsea face up to taking a £35m hit on their initial valuation, though he is now expected to move to Atletico imminently.

Conte received plenty of praise last season - even before his title win - for getting the best out of the striker, improving his discipline and managing his links to the Chinese Super League.

Costa was also heavily linked with a move to China in January.

Lewandowski has shone against Real Madrid before when he scored four goals against Los Blancos for Borussia Dortmund in the 2012/13 Champions League, knocking them out at the Champions League semi-finals.

  • Julie Sanders