Chelsea striker Diego Costa met with Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Ángel Gil during his recent trip to Ibiza.
This is according to Spanish newspaper Marca, who repeat their information that Costa would be happy to return to the Vicente Calderon.
Marca first published this information two months ago, reporting that Costa had contacted his former employers after struggling to settle in London.
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But the Brazil-born Spain international issued a public denial of the story, telling Chelsea TV at the time: "[It is] quite a simple answer.
"It’s always a bit more difficult in the first season for adaptation, but I have no reason to leave this place, I love it, the fans love me and I want to stay."
Chelsea have no desire to sell Costa
Marca claim that the recent meeting between Costa and Gil was purely coincidental as both men were enjoying their summer holidays on the island, but the fact they met up will still concern Chelsea supporters.
Costa’s agent played down the importance of his client’s words - it’s believed the striker told Atletico and his former teammates that he wanted a return to the Calderon - and there’s no chance of the 26-year-old leaving Stamford Bridge this summer.
Furthermore, Atletico were not willing to match the salary Costa earns at Chelsea, while the 2014 La Liga champions were already in the process of securing the signatures of Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto.
But like Filipe Luis, it seems Costa would be open to returning to Atletico in the future if the opportunity presents itself.
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