Conte can’t guar­an­tee Costa’s Chelsea fu­ture

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AN­TO­NIO NIO CONTE has re­fused to end spec­u­la­tion over Diego ego Costa’s fu­ture at Chelsea fol­low­ing the striker’s omis­sion from Satur­day’s 3-2 In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons ons Cup de­feat to Real Madrid.

The Spainpain in­ter­na­tional has al­ready been linked with a re­turn eturn to former club Atletico Madrid by the Bri­tish press although he re­port­edly sat out of the week­end’sd’s match with a back in­jury.

Conte was equally non-com­mi­tal when asked about po­ten­tially sign­ing former Blues striker Romelu Lukaku from Ev­er­ton if Costa were to exit the club.

Af­ter the match, Conte told re­porters: “I can say that to­day ay Costa is a Chelsea player.

“He didn’t idn’t play in these games be­cause of in­jury and if hee solves the in­jury and I see in train­ing that he is in good shape it can be pos­si­ble to see him in the he next game against Mi­lan.

“But I can say only this. I speak only for to­day and to­day Costa is Chelsea’ss player. To­mor­row if you ask me iff Costa will re­main with us, I don’t know.”now.”

He added: ded: “I do not want to speak about the e play­ers of other teams.

“This is not re­spect­ful to the club or to their play­ers. I pre­fer not to speak.

“The trans­fer mar­ket is not the most im­por­tantm­por­tant thing. The im­por­tant thing is to build a team - a team that plays in good and bad sit­u­a­tions and con­cen­trates rates and works to­gether.” — Sport24

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