Diego Costa: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says striker is staying

Diego Costa
Spain striker Diego Costa cost Chelsea £32m when he moved from Atletico Madrid in 2014

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says striker Diego Costa will stay at the club next season and is of "fundamental importance" to his plans.

Spain international Costa has been linked with a return to former club Atletico Madrid.external-link

The 27-year-old has scored 36 goals in 77 games since joining Chelsea in 2014.

"Diego stays with us. He is working very hard. He is very happy to work with his team-mates and with me," said former Italy boss Conte.

"He is a fantastic player, a player with a fundamental importance, and there is no problem.

"He is an important player, one of the best in the world, and I am sure when he goes into our ideas he will score a lot of goals for us."

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