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Chelsea appear to have made up their mind about Diego Costa and it seems there will be no way back into the first team fold for the striker.
Costa has been on loggerheads with Chelsea since the end of last season when Conte texted him that he is no longer wanted at Stamford Bridge. He went on strike, hoping that would force the club to allow him return to Atletico Madrid for a cut-price fee but his tactics backfired as the club became determined to keep him unless their valuation was met.
And Atletico couldn’t find an agreement with Chelsea before the transfer window closed last week, leaving Costa stuck at the club.
The striker is yet to return to Chelsea since the holiday break ended and that has angered Chelsea chiefs who appear to have shut the door on a possible return to the first team.
He was recently left out of the club’s Champions League squad, which I think is the first indication that his future remains unresolved even though the transfer window is over.
And according to the Daily Star, Chelsea have now cleared Costa’s locker in the club’s training ground, dropping another hint that the striker won’t be welcome back into the fold.
His car at the club’s Cobham training ground complex has also been moved from the club’s first team park to the development squad park.
With these recent developments, it is unlikely Costa will ever play under Conte again. The striker crossed the line with his actions in the summer and the club has now turned its back against him.
Reports in Turkey are linking Besiktas and Fenerbahce with a temporary move for the striker and that could well be an interesting option for all parties.
Chelsea, apparently doesn’t want Costa around the first team and the striker needs to be playing if he wants to go to the world cup with Spain. With the Turkish transfer window still open, a move to Turkey for the next six months, will be best for all parties involved in the saga.