Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has effectively ruled out the possibility of selling star forward Diego Costa amid reports of his return to Atletico Madrid at the summer.
The Blues forward hinted that he could return to Spain to join Diego Simeone’s side less than two years after moving to England.
Costa have become frustrated with life at Stamford Bridge and was caught on camera recently throwing his bib at manager Mourinho when the Portuguese failed to use him as a substitute in a match but both camps had since quelled rumours of any friction between the two.
“He is happy here,” Mourinho told reporters. “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.
“He said in football you never know. 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.”
After emerging topscorer last last, the Brazilian born Spanish international just four goals this season for Chelsea. The Blues will be in action later tonight as they visit League leaders Leicester City at the King Power stadium.