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01 August 2017

Chelsea striker Diego Costa will not wait all summer for Atletico Madrid with negotiations taking longer than hoped

DIEGO COSTA is growing frustrated with Atletico Madrid and will soon begin talks with other clubs, according to reports.

The wantaway Chelsea striker is starting pre-season training in his hometown after being given an extended break by Chelsea.

Former Atleti striker Diego Costa is frustrated at a lack of progress
Former Atleti striker Diego Costa is frustrated at a lack of progress
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The Spanish international posted a video of himself in his old kit
The Spanish international posted a video of himself in his old kit
Instagram @diego.costa

And with the Blues returning from their pre-season tour, Costa is still no closer to an Atletico Madrid return.

Following his public row with Antonio Conte, the Spanish international has been intent on joining Atleti despite their transfer ban.

But after posting a video of himself in his old Rojiblancos jersey and making no secret of his intentions, he is starting to feel let down by the club.

There are other interested parties in Costa, 28, and Spanish outlet AS  claims he will ask agent Jorge Mendes to pick up the phone if he does not get encouragement.

Atleti are trying to sign their former striker but will not be able to register him until January.

The Brazil-born goalscorer is happy with this arrangement, even though it may hurt his World Cup chances.

Costa's relationship with Antonio Conte hit rock bottom at the end of the season
Costa’s relationship with Antonio Conte hit rock bottom at the end of the season
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Costa has been training alone in Brazil as the Blues return from Asia
Costa has been training alone in Brazil as the Blues return from Asia
Instagram @diegocosta


Costa seems to be preparing himself for an earlier return to the field in case the move falls through as he steps up his training programme.

The Chelsea squad are due back at Cobham tomorrow, with the hitman and boss Conte both keen to avoid an awkward situation.

Both parties had hoped to sort out an exit during the Far East tour and will now try to speed up the process.

Costa does not want to return to Conham after being told he is free to leave
Costa does not want to return to Conham after being told he is free to leave
Instagram @diegocosta
Costa stepped up his personal pre-season fitness regime
Costa stepped up his personal pre-season fitness regime
Instagram @diegocosta

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