Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid is "close", claims club president Enrique Cerezo

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Diego Costa's future at Chelsea was in doubt from the moment Michy Batshuayi arrived at the club for £33 million last month.

His starting role is now under threat and given the type of character he is, there's little doubt the Spaniard won't settle for anything less than being first-choice striker.

A disappointing second term at Stamford Bridge also saw Costa linked with a move away yet only until now have substantial rumours emerged of a return to Atletico Madrid.


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Some reports suggest he has told Chelsea he wants out; others claim he wants to stay for a third campaign.

Well, if the Mirror's latest update is anything to go by, it would seem a decision will soon be made on Costa's future.

Atletico's club president, Enrique Cerezo, has claimed a deal to bring the Spaniard back to the Vicente Calderon is "close" two years on from his departure.

He was quoted as saying: "We like him a lot, I'll admit. We are talking to the player and working on him returning to Madrid.

"It's close, but I can't say anymore."

Cerezo has since denied he made such comments, though, in a blatant attempt to keep any potential deal under wraps until completed: "I do not speak of players at other clubs."

What's certain is Chelsea fans can be very optimistic heading into the new Premier League season.

The Blues flattered to deceive last campaign - and that's an understatement - but following the arrivals of Antonio Conte, Batshuayi and N'Golo Kante, brighter prospects await.

And following his move to west London, Kante has expressed his delight at joining one of Europe's elite sides.

He said: “I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It’s a dream come true for me.

"The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down.

"My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player. I am looking forward to meeting up with my new teammates and helping the club achieve a lot of success.”

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