Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo has denied claims that his side are close to signing Chelsea’s Diego Costa.
Diego Costa has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid all summer long after falling out with his Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and the striker has since made no secret of his desire to rejoin the club where he first experienced stardom by leading them to a fantastic La Liga title triumph in 2014.
The Brazilian born Spanish forward was told by Conte via text to look for a new club at the end of last season and many believed that the 28-year-old would surely be leaving Stamford Bridge for Atletico over the summer transfer window.
However, no deal could be completed for Costa as his former club were barred from signing new players due to an ongoing transfer ban and the controversial forward stayed put at Chelsea as he adamant that he would not be joining any other side.
Despite the hitch in the summer, it is still expected that the Spanish club will finalize the signing of Costa in January and Chelsea are also believed to be ready to allow the player train with the Atletico first team before the winter transfer window.
There have been recent claims that Atletico have already agreed a £53million fee to sign Costa and this rumor was further fueled by the fact that the ex-Valladolid man had bought a new home in Madrid.
However, such rumors have been laid to rest by Atletico Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo, after he ruled out any possibility of negotiations for Costa with Chelsea before the restart of the transfer window.
He told Diario AS: “If his family is moving [to Madrid] then I do not know. What I do understand is that Costa is a Chelsea player and until January, there is time to talk to his club and with anybody else. We will not do anything until January.”
Costa will surely be a fantastic addition for Atleti as they look to again challenge the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid but it remains to be seen as to whether Chelsea will allow the striker to leave for a reasonable price.