MICHY BATSHUAYI has bid a fond farewell to departing Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
Costa has been AWOL in Brazil for several weeks following Antonino Conte’s decision to axe the controversial Spaniard.
The 28-year-old is set to return to Atletico Madrid for around £57m.
Fellow Blues forward Batshuayi has hailed Costa, thanking him for his advice and wishing him well.
The Belgian ace posted on social media: “A great striker and always a support when I arrived at Chelsea. Thanks for everything Crazy Diego and good luck for the future.”
Chelsea confirmed that Costa is set to end his Blues career earlier today.
The club said in a statement: “Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa.
“The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.”
Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge but admitted to wanting a return to Atletico as early as his first season in England.
And after months of negativity between the club and player, Costa has been granted his wish to head back to Spain.
Chelsea play at Atletico next Wednesday in their Champions League Group C tie and all parties will be relieved the matter has been resolved.
A statement on Atletico’s website read: “Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa.
“The agreement is pending the formalisation of the contract between our club and the Spanish international forward.
“The English club has authorised Diego Costa to travel to Madrid in the coming days to undergo medical tests and settle his contract with our club.”
Chelsea’s Abraham reaffirms England commitment after Nigeria claims
Tammy Abraham has reaffirmed his commitment to England following claims from Nigeria that they had secured his senior international allegiance.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick claimed that Chelsea striker Abraham, who is on loan at Swansea this season, had committed to declaring for the African nation to secure a place at next summer’s World Cup.
However the 19-year-old Abraham, who has three England Under-21 goals to his name, has distanced himself from those claims.
In a statement, Abraham said: “Contrary to reports in the media today I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance.
“I can confirm I met the President of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father.
“However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.
“I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England.”
Abraham’s words will be welcomed by his Swansea manager Paul Clement, who urged the striker to remain in the England setup.
“For me, from my point of view, I hope he stays with the English national team,” Clement said. “I’m not sure he’d be better off career-wise, I’m saying it because I’m English and he’s a good English talent, so you want him involved with your national team.
“Ultimately, it’s the decision of the player. In some cases, they’ll make the choice because they see a better opportunity, a chance of playing more regularly at international level and in other cases, it’s because it’s where they believe they’re from and they want to represent the country where they were born or where their parents were born and it’s in their culture.”