Striker refusing to return to champions following bust-up with Antonio Conte and has so far been fined two week’s wages
Radio station Onda Cero claims the striker is hopeful of rejoining Atletico before the month is out and will be compensated for being out of pocket following a bust-up with Antonio Conte.
Atletico Madrid are reportedly ready to reimburse Diego Costa’s Chelsea fines
The striker has already been fined two week’s wages for staying in Brazil
Costa is currently AWOL at Chelsea after being cut from the first-team squad soon after last season’s title win.
The striker is back home in Brazil and is refusing to return to London, prompting the Blues to already fine him two week’s wages worth £300,000.
However, Costa is adamant he won’t leave his family just to train with kids and insists he wants a reunion with Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital.
Atletico have so far refused to get involved in the feud between Costa and Chelsea.
But they are now growing confident of completing a deal worth £40million, even though the Blues want closer to £50m.
And Atleti are even ready to clear Costa of his Chelsea debts once the move is confirmed, with their transfer ban the only issue preventing him from joining already.
Diego Simeone is keen on a reunion with Costa
The striker has had a fallout with Antonio Conte
Speaking to the Mail, Costa said: “I’ve said: ‘If the manager doesn’t want me, the team I want to go to is Atletico Madrid.’ I have rejected other offers. They want to sell me to China or other teams.
“If I’m off, I’m going to the club I want to go to – not the club that’s paying the most. I want the deal with Atletico resolved this month.
“My idea would be to go to Madrid, train there, get in the best physical shape and be ready to fire ahead of the World Cup.
“Simeone wants me. It is very clear. I have always had a bond with him. The fans and people love me there. They respect me. They see me as a person and a footballer.”
Costa insists Atletico is the only club he wants to join this summer
Costa believes Conte has no charisma and a poor relationship with his players
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