In a recent interview with Spanish radio podcast El Larguero, Diego Costa has opened the lid on his problems with Antonio Conte back in January — which saw the Italian drop the in-form striker against Leicester City. The club announced initially that it was due to fitness issues, but it was later revealed that a lucrative offer from China unsettled Costa.
Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian are reportedly considering another move for Costa in the summer, this time with a world record fee of £127 million. When asked about if the Far East would be an option next season, the striker replied, “Anything can happen. Why not? You never know. Now I’m happy at Chelsea but if tomorrow the Chinese come and Chelsea tell me I have to go, I will no longer want to stay with them.”
He will enter the final two years of his contract with Chelsea this summer and the club is in a difficult situation to agree an extension with their superstar. If Costa is unwilling to stay and China comes calling with a world record fee, Chelsea will have no other option but to offload him.
The 28-year-old’s summer transfer saga with his former club Atletico Madrid was also discussed in the interview, with Costa admitting he did “everything he could” to push for a return. “When Atletico had to wait for me, they didn’t wait. There was still a month to go [end of transfer window] and they didn’t have the patience [instead signing Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla],” the striker said on the failed move. Since coming over in the summer of 2014, the Brazilian-born Spanish striker has scored up to 55 goals in 109 games for the Blues.