DIEGO COSTA has ruled out a move to the Chinese Super League but revealed a return to Atletico Madrid could be on the cards, despite the Spanish outfit's transfer ban.
Atletico are banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association from registering players before January but could buy Costa and loan him out until then.
"I'm a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there".
"I have a contract with Chelsea, they have to know what to do with me and I have to wait and know the decision that my club takes", he said.
Tianjin's interest in a potential £76 million move has receded in recent weeks, but Chelsea are keen to get the maximum return from any sale as they prepare to finance a move for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, who is valued at £100m.
Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that's it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season.
But the former Atletico Madrid hitman is not interested in a big-money move to China. Perhaps Conte's behaviour wasn't very classy and you could forgive Costa for exacting his revenge, but it is harder to have sympathy for a player of Costa's reputation.
"It's a shame, I've already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide".
Juventus pair Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro complete the list of targets, with the latter getting an asking price of £52m from the Turin giants, but it's added that Conte isn't prepared to meet those demands. Many friends called me in the last hours to ask about it, but Diego did not comment on that.
The whole unseemly episode does not help Chelsea as they attempt to sell Costa and boost the squad for a Champions League campaign. The fight for the place has to be fair to stay and fight, but the fight is not fair and I have to leave.
"The most important thing is that my team-mates want me. I am on the market and I will look for a new team".
Just three years ago, fresh from some headline-making performances for Colombia at the World Cup, James swapped Monaco for the Santiago Bernabeu in a deal worth £63m. We know what there is there, who is good and bad. To be honest, now, I find it very hard.