While Antonio Conte has been able to see the funny side of the Diego Costa debacle, Diego himself is growing a bit more desperate every time he looks at the calendar and sees how close we are to August 31rd. His way out of Stamford Bridge and a return to Atlético Madrid seems to be out of reach despite reports from Spanish media claiming that the Colchoneros decided to almost double their initial bid for Costa, which is a bold claim to make after Atlético basically getting priced out of a transaction.
With the World Cup on the horizon however, Diego is eager to see his situation resolved as quickly as possible.
"We are still in negotiations, [Chelsea] have to decide what will happen with me. I have two years on my contract with them and I hope it gets sorted out as quickly as possible because I need to play. The manager does not need me anymore due to certain circumstances. While they do not solve my situation, I began training by myself. I just will not stay in a place where they do not want me."
"The transfer market ends in August 31rd and I hope to sort out my situation before that. I want to get back to playing. It is what I love to do, it is what I know to do. There is also the World Cup next year. I always have offers from many clubs but I will not reveal their names."
-Diego Costa; Source: Globo Esporte
His preference does remain Atlético Madrid of course.
"I already have in mind where I want to play and I've made it very clear. [Spain is] a country with which I identify a lot due to the climate and the people. I fell in love with Madrid. We have to wait for the right moment."
-Diego Costa; Source: MC News
In any case, Diego will have to remain (im)patient as it is highly unlikely that Chelsea will 1) change their stance on his matter; and 2) focus on sorting out his predicament in light of the purchases we have to make to address our depth issues.