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Diego Costa set to leave Premier League Champions Chelsea

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Premier League

Costa not in Conte’s plans

London, England – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has reportedly told striker Diego Costa he is no longer part of the clubs plans. The Brazilian born, Spanish International was told by text that he would not be needed at the Premier League Champions next season.

Costa enjoyed a largely successful season scoring 20 Premier League goals. However there were signs of disharmony between him and the coaching staff throughout the campaign. Conte left the 28 year old, out of the squad for a game away to Leicester City in January. Following a reported dispute with a fitness coach. He was linked with a move to China throughout the January transfer window. However Chelsea insisted he was not for sale.

Where next for Diego Costa?

Costa has enjoyed three seasons at Stamford Bridge registering 52 goals in 89 appearances in the league.  Former manager Jose Mourinho bought Costa for around £32 million from Atletico Madrid in 2014. Atletico are reportedly interested in bringing him back. However, the 2013-14 La Liga Champions have been banned from signing players until January.

Who will Chelsea sign to replace Costa?

Chelsea have their former striker Romelu Lukaku in mind as a replacement for Costa. The Belgium had his best Premier League season last year netting 25 goals. Lukaku may be keen to return the Blues after failing to break into their side in his last spell. Chelsea sold Lukaku to Everton for £28 million in 2014. They may have to at least double that price to bring him back.

Conte could also make a mover for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. Morata made just 16 appearances as Real Madrid secured the La Liga title for the first time since 2012 this season. Despite his lack of game time he netted 15 goals in the league. He could be the ideal man to replace his International teammate. However Manchester United are reportedly the favorites to sign him for around £70 million.

Whoever Chelsea sign will have to match Costa’s impressive consistency of goals and assists if Chelsea are going to retain the Premier League title next season.