Costa is go­ing nowhere

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

DIEGO Costa in­sists he is happy at Chelsea and has no plans to leave the club af­ter flirt­ing with a move to Atletico Madrid last sum­mer.

That is bad news for Chi­nese Su­per League club Tian­jin Quan­jian, who are re­port­edly plot­ting a stag­ger­ing £80 mil­lion move for the striker.

Shang­hai SIPG sealed a £60m deal for Chelsea mid­fielder Os­car last month and his Brazil­ian com­pa­triot Ramires joined Jiangsu Sun­ing for £25m a year ago.

But Costa says he is happy and set­tled at Stam­ford Bridge, af­ter want­ing to re­turn to pre­vi­ous club Atletico Madrid in the sum­mer.

Costa, who is in line for a new £200,000a-week con­tract with the Lon­don­ers, said: “Yes, yes. I was about to leave.

“I was about to... but, well, I’m happy here as well and that’s that.

“I had the pos­si­bil­ity to go to Atletico, be­cause of a few things — the fam­ily, the life I have there... but not be­cause of Chelsea, be­cause here there’s a lot of love with the sup­port­ers, with the peo­ple, so I’m very happy. I’m very con­tent.

“There was one thing I wanted to change for fam­ily rea­sons but it wasn’t to be, and I con­tinue happy here.

“It was im­por­tant too that the man­ager, from the very first minute, said he counted on me.”

Else­where, Conte has con­tin­ued his crit­i­cism of the Chi­nese Su­per League and the stag­ger­ing amounts of money on of­fer.

It emerged last week that a Chi­nese club of­fered £257 mil­lion to Real Madrid for Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and of­fered him a salary of £1.1m A WEEK.

“I think it’s an in­cred­i­ble story. We are talk­ing about a lot, lot, lot of money. I don’t want to trust in this. I don’t want to be­lieve in this. Be­cause, I think, we are talk­ing about an amount of money which is not right,” the Ital­ian said.

“I saw the last con­tract, the last con­tract with Car­los Tevez. I think we are talk­ing about a lot of money. This type of of­fer is in­cred­i­ble, and it’s very dif­fi­cult for the play­ers to say ‘no’.

“But I must be hon­est, I think it’s not right. It’s not right, this. Be­cause you must have re­spect for the money, and then if there are these of­fers, this type of of­fer... but I don’t agree, I don’t agree with this sit­u­a­tion.”

Steve Bar­dens/Getty Im­ages Europe

STAY­ING PUT: Diego Costa, right, is set­tled at Stam­ford Bridge

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