Diego Costa has revealed that he was told by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

Diego Costa, 28 who scored 20 times in Chelsea’s 2016-17 Premier League title-winning campaign, is said to have had a strained relationship with Conte during the second half of the season.

He was strongly linked with a move to the Chinese Super League in the January transfer window after reports emerged he had fallen-out with Chelsea staff, and it now appears Costa will be leaving the London club for good this summer .

The former Atletico Madrid frontman , who is currently on international duty, claimed that he received the news via a text message from Conte, who is said to be on the verge of acquiring Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.

“I’m a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there. Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that’s it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season,” Costa told reporters.

“It’s a shame, I’ve already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide. But it is clear that the coach does not count on me and does not want me there. You have to find a team.”

Costa has scored 58 times in 120 games for Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles in the process.

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