Diego Costa says he won't go to China, only to Atletico

Costa has been consistently linked with a move to Tianjin Quanjian and although the Chinese club have denied talks are now ongoing, the striker's future remains uncertain.

But Atletico are not interested in paying anywhere near that fee for a player they sold to Chelsea for £32m three years ago.

CHELSEA striker Diego Costa has no interest in a lucrative move to a Chinese club because it would jeopardize his chances of playing in next year's World Cup.

Costa has enjoyed a stellar campaign in a Chelsea shirt, having found the back of the net 22 times, the most he has ever scored in a single season for the Premier League champions. "If the club wants to sell me, they know where I want to go".

Costa has made no secret of the fact he misses Spain and the lifestyle there and came close to rejoining Atletico last summer.

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"I will only leave Chelsea for Atlético". Otherwise I will stay with my current contract.

"Everybody knows the club I like".

Chelsea want to make a major statement by signing a striker in the summer, with Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata at the top of their shortlist, but the latest developments mean that the club may need to reevaluate its business. "There's a World Cup (in 2018) and if I go to China I won't play in it". "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".

However, Diego Simeone's men face a significant obstacle in that they must overturn a transfer ban to allow the move to go ahead.

Atleti are very close to agreeing terms with Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, and Kevin Gameiro will make way if everything goes ahead as they plan.

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  • Regina Holmes