Atlético Madrid and Chelsea agree fee for Diego Costa

Ruben Hill
August 20, 2017

He described Terry, Mikel and Ivanovic as the foundation of the club, stating that Chelsea will have to build again.

The Spanish global has been AWOL from the club ever since his Italian manager sent him a text message telling him he is no longer needed at the club.

The ex-Atletico Madrid striker is desperately trying to engineer a return to his former club, but so far Chelsea have stood in the way and want to recoup more than the £32m they paid for him in 2014.

However, the Spanish striker is unable to move to the La Liga side until January 2018 due to their transfer ban being upheld.

"No-one put a gun (to) my head and (said): "You win or you go away", Conte said.

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Conte says throughout his career he has never found easy situations but he is ready to work, a verb he admits he uses a lot!

"If you remember Morata didn't play regularly with Real Madrid last season because he was behind [Karim] Benzema", the Chelsea coach said. "It's amusing, this interview".

And despite being champions, Conte has insisted Chelsea still need to work on their foundations and has revealed he sees it as a long-term plan, but would not commit to being around to finish the job. "I repeat he needs to improve his physical condition and he needs a bit of time to reach the top, but he's in contention for the game".

"Now we don't have this base, this foundation, like Tottenham", Conte said. "Sometimes you can win but you are not building something positive for your future". "I'm not going to play for a club that doesn't want me". He has won two Premier League titles in three years at Chelsea, scoring 59 goals in 120 appearances in all competitions.

The Brazilian-born forward has been in Brazil since last season ended, but the English Premier League's defending champions have expressed their wish to have him join their current training sessions.

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