DIEGO COSTA reckons he will only leave Chelsea for former club Atletico Madrid – and will not head to China.
Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, who failed with a bid for Costa in January, had been confident of sealing a £76million move for the striker.
But Atletico have renewed their interest in taking Costa back to Spain and now he is thinking of a La Liga return.
After scoring Chelsea’s goal in their 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, Costa said: “I will only leave Chelsea for Atletico.
“If not, I will stay here. I’m not interested in other clubs.I know Chelsea wants to sell players, but I told them, I have two years left in my contract and I won’t go somewhere else just because they want so.
“I will only sign for another club in Europe, they know that. Otherwise I’ll stay with my current contract.
“I have a contract and no intention of leaving, but if there are changes to be made that might reduce my chances, if the coach won’t count on me anymore or is to give space for another striker, I know that I’ll have to leave.
“But only to where I’m willing to.
“Everyone knows what my preferred club is, there’s nothing to hide. Money is good, but I’m grateful for what I have right now and I have other things to look forward to, like playing the next World Cup.
“I know that I have a chance to be called if I’m playing well and at a high level, that’s something I want.
“If I have to move to another city or another country than Spain, I don’t think I’ll go, I’d rather stay at Chelsea. If the club wants to sell me, they know where I want to go.”