Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has refused to be drawn into speculations that links Chelsea’s Diego Costa with his club.
Costa, who had been a part of Simeone’s team before his switch to Chelsea in the summer of 2014, became unsettled with the Blues at the turn of this year, with current Chelsea coach Antonio Conte informing the player that he does not play a part in the Italian’s plans.
At present, Costa looks headed for a return to the Spanish capital, and even went live on social media wearing an Atletico jersey during his summer break at Brazil.
However, he does not look headed for a return to La Liga anytime soon as Atletico are currently under a FIFA transfer ban. With the club already forcing through a controversial move for Sevilla winger Vitolo, Simeone seemed reluctant to entertain the links for a Costa move when addressing the media after a 3-2 friendly win at Brighton and Hove Albion.
“I don’t want to comment too much,” he said during the press conference after the game. “The fact is he is still with Chelsea. The most important thing to me is the work of my club in general, not only in training. I have to work with what I have.”
“When I found there was no other possibility to get new players at the club I accepted it. Maybe I could improve the quality, but for the moment with this team I can work very well and I’m satisfied with that.”
But there could yet be hope for Costa even as Chelsea insists that the player has been aware of their position on his future since January this year, with AC Milan sporting director Marco Fassone saying that he has held talks with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes.