Conte issues final word on departing Chelsea striker Costa

Date published: Saturday 23rd September 2017 6:26

Antonio Conte is looking to move on from Diego Costa now the striker is on the verge of leaving Chelsea.

The Blues announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid over the exit of Costa, who will re-join his former club on loan in January before making a permanent move in the summer.

It brings to an end a difficult situation for Chelsea, with Costa having spent the last few months at home in Brazil after being told he was no longer part of the club’s plans.

Conte was predictably asked about the forward on Friday, but stone-walled any questions.

“We want to thank him for what he did with this club. We wish him all the best for the future,” he said.

“Now it is not important, I am not interest to continue talking about this issue. I am working with my players and am happy to work them them. This issue is not important.”

Asked whether he feels Costa has ruined his legacy at Chelsea with his behaviour over the summer, Conte again flat-batted the question.

“Now I am not interested to talk about the past,” he said. “I think the past is not important. For every coach and player, the past stays there. We have to work for the present and future to build something important.

“We won together last season and for sure we want to thank him for his effort last season, and in the period he played for Chelsea.”

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