The Brazilian-born Spain international who was Chelsea’s top scorer last season, Diego Costa in a statement, said he will head back to Spain to force through a move to Atletico Madrid.
He said “My destination is already made,” via his hometown club Sportivo Sergipe.
“I must return to Atletico Madrid. It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea does not want to release me.
“But I believe that this situation will be resolved now on my return to Spain.
“I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. Why won’t they let me go if they don’t want me?
“My desire is to go to Atletico. I’ve spoken to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. I said, ‘If the manager doesn’t want me, I want to go to Atletico Madrid’.
Chelsea “ want me to be there training with the reserves. I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact at all with the guys. I’m not a criminal! I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that.”
The striker has been fined £300,000 by Chelsea for failing to turn up to pre-season training as scheduled.
Chelsea want to sell Costa and have already signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in a £70million deal to replace the forward.
The express report that,the Blues are keen to get a deal done this summer, although Costa has no intention of moving anywhere bar Atletico.
Atletico have reportedly offered to pay his fine once he signs for the club.
Costa was expected to return to London to keep up his fitness ahead of a move.
Unfortunately for Costa, Atletico cannot play newly-signed players until January due to a FIFA-imposed transfer ban.
According to Brazilian newspaper Globoesporte, report that Costa met with Sergipana Federation president Milton Dantas during his visit yesterday.
Costa has reiterated his desire to leave Chelsea and return to Atletico, who sold him to the west London club three years ago. “thesun added”.