Tuesday 17 October 2017

Chelsea striker Diego Costa insists he will decide own destiny and hints move to China is not agreed

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa
Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa

Matt Law

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has insisted he will decide his own destiny and has suggested that he has not yet agreed a move to China.

Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian are confident they can sign Costa this summer with a bid of £76 million and the lure of a salary worth over £25m a year.

But Costa, who took his Premier League tally to 20 goals in the victory over Middlesbrough, insists he will retain control over his future.

It is understood Costa has told friends that he would also be interested in a move to Paris Saint-Germain, although the Ligue 1 club are unlikely to match the riches on offer from China.

Atletico Madrid have long been linked with re-signing Costa, but the Spanish club could not compete financially with PSG or China.

Certainly a lucrative move to China would suit Chelsea best if the 28-year-old is to leave Stamford Bridge.

Asked about Tianjin’s latest bid to sign him, Costa, speaking to South American TV channel DIRECTVSports, said: “I am the owner of my future and it does not mean that I am going to China.”

Costa left Chelsea fans guessing over whether or not he was saying goodbye by celebrating his goal against Middlesbrough by waving to the crowd.

Telegraph.co.uk

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