Antonio Conte: ‘Fantastic’ Diego Costa will STAY at Chelsea – ‘he is an important player’

19 Jul

New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has rubbished rumours that striker Diego Costa could be set to leave Stamford Bridge.


The 27-year-old Spain international has been linked with a return to former club Atletico Madrid after two seasons in England – the first of which saw Costa finish with a Premier League winners’ medal.

But, despite sanctioning a deal to bring Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi to the club, Conte is determined to keep the Brazilian-born forward among his ranks for his debut campaign at the helm.

“Diego is our player,” Conte said at a press conference in Austria, reported on http://www.chelseafc.com.

“He is a fantastic player, a player with a fundamental importance and there is no problem.

“He stays with us, he is working very hard, he is very happy to work with his team-mates and with me in the new idea of football. He is a Chelsea player.

“He is an important player, a very strong player, one of the best in the world, and I am sure when he goes into our ideas he will score a lot of goals for us.”

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