Antonio Conte is a good reason for Diego Costa to stay at Chelsea

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If history is anything to go buy, Antonio Conte's arrival at Chelsea should be a reason for Chelsea top scorer Diego Costa to stay put at Stamford Bridge.

The 27-year-old's former club Atletico Madrid have been linked with a move for the striker this summer, with the Spain international keen on leaving Chelsea, but Conte could bring the best out of the Brazil-born front man.

When Carlos Tevez arrived in Turin, Juventus were presented with a striker that had managed just 11 goals in 34 league appearances for Manchester City the previous season. But the following campaign he managed 19 goals in as many league games - becoming a key figure for the Italian giants - thanks to the work Conte put in with the Argentina international.


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And while Costa may have had a turbulent relationship with Chelsea fans over the past couple of seasons - partly blaming him for former Blues boss Jose Mourinho's sacking - the club's new Italian boss should be a good reason for him to stay.

"Just like Mourinho, Conte is a coach who uses outside challenges to motivate his players to the maximum level - and demands unconditional loyalty to his project from them." Sky Italia reporter Augusto de Bartolo told Sky Sports.

"According to this, Conte is very popular with his players. The concrete example of this is when he was at Juventus and the relations he established with Carlos Tevez.

"The former Manchester City striker was a rebel but under Conte's guidance he probably played the best football of his career in Turin. Unlike his time at City, Tevez showed his leadership not only on the pitch but always as a symbol of the team."

Mellow Costa's character

And it is that ability that could help to change Costa's fortunes in the Premier League. During his two seasons to date in England, goals haven't been the issue, however, his temperament has caused problems on numerous occasions, which have affected his game.

"There is a connection between Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho: they both find enemies to fight against to help themselves - and their teams - express themselves as best they can." de Bartolo added.

"Conte is a coach who has a great and positive influence on his team."

It would be a shame for both Chelsea and the Premier League to lose such a talented striker to La Liga, and he is a prize asset that the Blues should try their hardest to keep.

However, no Champions League football next campaign could be a stumbling block, and the fact that Atletico could let Antoine Griezmann leave for big money this summer, opens up the perfect opportunity for Costa to return to the Spanish capital.

Take a chance

Hopefully, the Italian will return from his final international tournament with Italy this summer, in time to tempt Costa to stay another season and return the Blues to the Champions League and challenging for the title.

Conte, like Costa, is a fiery character, but one that can get the best out of the striker, if the Spain international affords him the chance.

Chelsea will certainly not want to let go of their £32 million striker two years into a five-year deal, having scored 20 league goals last campaign, and 15 so far this season.

Arguably Costa stands more chance of silverware at Stamford Bridge, with Barcelona dominating in Spain and Europe, but the lure of his homeland may be too much for Costa to turn down. Hopefully, though, Conte will tempt him to stay in London, to prove he is a hero rather than a villain.

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