Conte can’t guarantee Costa’s Chelsea future
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