Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refused to speculate on the future of striker Diego Costa and has claimed that the striker is going nowhere. The 27-year-old striker has been repeatedly linked with a move back to Atletico Madrid recently. Some sources even claimed that Costa would be involved in a swap deal including Antoine Griezmann.
Current transfer value of both players is estimated at £35 mil.
But Mourinho has refused such reports and has claimed that the striker will see out his contract at Stamford Bridge. “He is happy here,” Mourinho said. “He’s another one who has, I think, three more years [on his] contract. I see him staying at Chelsea for three more years, no problem. I see that.”
The Portuguese manager has also refuted Costa’s comments, in which he claimed that he would be interested in a move back to Atletico. “He didn’t say that. He said in football you never know,” Mourinho said. “Atletico is a great club. Madrid is a great city. La Liga is a great league. So why can’t a player at 27 years old think that in football it’s possible to be back? I don’t see that as a problem.”
The Spanish international has refused to replicate his form of last season and has scored only four goals in 19 appearances for the Blues this season. Chelsea lost another match yesterday against Leicester City and begins to realize there is a real possibility of relegation issues.