Diego Costa: “I will only leave Chelsea if this happens”

Diego Costa says that he would “only leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid”.

Costa, who scored for the Blues as they were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final, has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge since last summer.

The 28-year-old decided to stay both then and in January however, and scored 22 goals in 42 appearances this season.

Chinese Super League clubs have been credited with an interest in the Spain international, but he himself insists he would only leave Chelsea for former club Atletico Madrid.

“I will only leave Chelsea for Atletico,” Costa said. “If not, I will stay here. I’m not interested in other clubs.

“I have a contract and no intention of leaving, but if there are changes to be made that might reduce my chances, if the coach won’t count on me anymore or is to give space for another striker, I know that I’ll have to leave.

“Everyone know what my preferred club is, there’s nothing to hide.”

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