Everton boss open to idea of short-term deal for Diego Costa

Costa spoke exclusively to Sportsmail's Adam Crafton from his family home in Brazil

Costa spoke exclusively to Sportsmail's Adam Crafton from his family home in Brazil

Costa is nearly certain to leave Chelsea this summer, with the striker having been told by Antonio Conte that he is no longer part of his plans.

During his short spell at Stamford Bridge, Costa has already lifted the Premier League title on two occasions and he has also won the League Cup.

But such a scenario is not acceptable to Chelsea, who want Costa to return to training and put himself in contention for selection.

Costa said: "I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free".

However, the arrival of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid provided further evidence to suggest that Costa has no future at Chelsea, although the club are demanding that the Spain worldwide returns to training before he can be sold.

"What do they tell me?" I have to think of myself.

However, they are confident that an agreement can be reached and are expecting Costa to start training with the squad in September.

If Chelsea do end up landing Belotti the striker will become the clubs fifth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Willy Cabellero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Morata. If I was in the wrong, I'd go back now and do as they say.

Costa is believed to have been absent without leave from Chelsea since the club flew to China for a pre-season tour in the middle of July.

Costa's comments follow on from an interview in which he opened up about his situation to Daily Mail.

"I was told how Conte treated Mikel after his decision to represent Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympics", Sarki, who was on Chelsea's books between 2006-10, told Owngoalnigeria.com, as per The Mirror.

"My desire is to go to Atletico (where he played from 2010-14)".

Thirdly, Chelsea are stepping up their pursuit of Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater, who would look to be a direct replacement for Nemanja Matic, especially whilst Tiemoue Bakayoko continues his recovery from injury.

Costa has refused to come back and train with the club and will rather stay in Brazil and Clarke warns he could spend the next two years there.

Costa joined Chelsea from Madrid back in 2014, and while he has largely shone in the Premier League, he hasn't managed to settle into life in London off the pitch.

"I want the deal with Atletico resolved this month", he added.

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