Antonio Conte warned Chelsea star will leave in the summer

Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness believes Diego Costa will leave Chelsea at the end of the 2016-17 season

Chelsea striker Diego Costa Photo: The Sport Review

Graeme Souness is expecting to see Diego Costa leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

The Spain international’s future at Stamford Bridge has been a source of debate throughout the 2016-17 season.

Costa has scored 19 goals and has made six assists in 31 games in the Premier League campaign so far.

The Chelsea striker scored twice in the west London side’s 4-2 win against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Costa was heavily linked with a lucrative move to China in the January transfer window, and the speculation has persisted throughout the second half of the season.

Atletico Madrid have also been touted as a potential destination for Costa after the Spanish striker moved to Chelsea from los Rojiblancos in a £27m deal in 2014.

Asked whether Costa would be at Chelsea at the start of the 2017-18 season, former Liverpool captain Souness told Sky Sports: “My feeling is he won’t stay [at Chelsea].”

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Chelsea will take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley next month.

Conte’s side were 4-2 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final at the home of English football at the weekend.

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