Antonio Conte reportedly asks Diego Costa to leave the club

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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has reportedly sent a text message to striker, Diego Costa, asking him to look for a new club.

Recall that Costa had insisted that he will either stay at Stamford Bridge or return to his former club, Atletico Madrid. However, a return will be complicated by the La Liga club’s transfer ban.

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) refused to uphold Atletico’s appeal against a ban on registering new players handed down by FIFA, which means they will be unable to field any new signings until January next year.

“It would be nice to go back to Atletico but I have to think everything over,” Costa said after Wednesday’s friendly against Colombia.

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“There’s a World Cup [in 2018] and I need to play. Being four or five months without playing is tough, but people know that I love my Atletico team-mates a lot, I love living in Madrid.”

Interest in the player from China has dropped too, especially as the Chinese Football Association (CFA) has introduced its strongest policy to date, to curb the huge transfer fees clubs pay for foreign playes.

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