Chelsea striker, Diego Costa has reiterated his resolve to leave the London club and return to Spain.
This much he revealed in a statement released from his hometown of Brazil, according to various reports.
“My destination is made,” Costa said. “I must return to Atletico Madrid. It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea does not want to release me.
“But I believe that this situation will be resolved now on my return to Spain,” he added.
Costa has been in his native country of Brazil, where he was spotted partying in the colours of Atletico Madrid, whom he joined Chelsea from.
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, had told Diego Costa via a text message in June that he doesn’t figure in his plans at the club.
The Spain forward failed to report back to Stamford Bridge for preseason and was subsequently fined £300k by the club.
With Chelsea interested in letting him go, having signed a replacement in Alvaro Morata, from Real Madrid, Costa’s insistence that he’d only return to Atletico has heightened the friction between him and the club.
However, while Atletico can sign players, they cannot register them to play until January 2018 due to a suspension on transfer imposed on them by world football governing body, FIFA.