Tuesday 23 January 2018

'France is a country where I have never played, so why not?' - Diego Costa open to Ligue 1 switch

Diego Costa
Diego Costa

Jack O'Toole

Chelsea striker Diego Costa claims that he is open to a switch to Ligue 1 and that he requested a move back to La Liga last summer after a 10th placed finish with the Blues last season.

Costa, who is contracted to Chelsea until 2019, claims that he would be open to a move to Ligue 1 in the future but that he is currently happy with his stay at Stamford Bridge.

"Marseille have constructed a nice project and PSG, we know, are respected in Europe," Costa said in an interview with French broadcaster Telefoot this week.

"Monaco also have a wonderful project and have some great players. Ligue 1 is developing.

"I am very happy at Chelsea but anything can happen in football. If I need to make a change, France is a country where I have never played. So why not?"

Although Costa insists he's happy at Chelsea, the Spain striker has yet to sign a new contract with the club as he will reportedly only consider committing his future to the Blues if they match the offers he has received in China, which is said to be just under five times what earns at Chelsea, which is £150,000 per week.

The 28-year-old has been an integral part of the club's title challenge this season, scoring 17 goals in 26 games across all competitions, but the former Atletico Madrid striker did reveal that he nearly moved back to the Spanish capital last summer after the arrival of Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

"Atletico knows I have a special feeling for the team, I lived the best moment of my career there," Costa told Spanish radio show El Larguero earlier this month.

"El Cholo [Diego Simeone] knows it wasn't impossible for me to come back to Atletico. The relationship with Conte didn't start well because when he arrived I told him I wanted to go to Atletico. Chelsea's fans love me a lot, even more than in Atletico, figure that!

"When Atletico had to wait for me they didn't, there was still a month to go in the transfer market. I've done everything to come back to Atletico Madrid but I wouldn't fight the same to return. When Atletico didn't wait for me, I had to go to Conte with the tail between my legs.

"In life, anything can happen and I do not close the door to anything. In football you are worth what you are worth when you are good. And why not? But right now I am good at Chelsea…I have two years left on my contract and I intend to fulfil them.

"But you never know. It's not impossible to reject it because there are things to assess. You have to think about it all. I do not rule out anything. If they come with something for Chelsea and the club tell me to go…I can go to China or elsewhere."

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