Top striker says goodbye to Chelsea squad ahead of summer move – report

Diego Costa has started to say his farewells at Chelsea, according to reports in England

Chelsea striker Diego Costa Photo: The Sport Review

Diego Costa has started to say his farewells at Chelsea ahead of a summer return to Atletico Madrid, according to reports in the English media.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the Spain international is already preparing to leave Stamford Bridge even though Atletico Madrid are still to make an opening bid.

The same article states that Costa has told some of his Chelsea team-mates that he is confident a return to Atletico will materialise in the summer transfer window.

However, the Premier League champions are struggling to sign a striker to replace Costa despite Antonio Conte informing the 28-year-old that he is surplus to requirements next term.

Indeed, the same story reveals that Costa won’t be allowed to skip Chelsea’s pre-season campaign if the Blues haven’t agreed a transfer deal with Atletico.

The Brazilian-born forward scored 20 times in 35 games to help the west London side to win the Premier League title with two games to spare last term.

Costa has won two Premier League crowns and the EFL Cup during a three-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

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