DIEGO COSTA has hinted he will remain at Chelsea beyond this summer despite speculation linking him with a move away.
Costa was the subject of interest from China in January and had a bust-up with manager Antonio Conte after a bid was rejected.
And there is expected to be more interest once this season is over.
But Costa has said he hopes to play with Eden Hazard ‘for a very long time’ suggesting he will stay put at Chelsea.
The duo have been in top form for the Blues this term as they charge towards the Premier League title.
The Blues lead Tottenham by seven points with seven games to go.
Hazard has been the star of the show but has helped Costa grab 17 league goals.
And the Spain striker admits it’s a joy to work with the Belgium wizard.
“Playing with him is something beautiful,” he said. “I hope we stay together like this for a very long time.”
Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid and has been linked with a return to Spain.
Conte is looking at his striking options this summer and is keen on Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti.
But if he managed to get any of those it looks likely they will face competition from Costa for a place in the team next year.