Could Diego Costa be on the way out of Chelsea?

Antonio Conte could be about to lose his striker

Could Diego Costa be on the way out of Chelsea?

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Diego Costa could be about to depart from Stamford Bridge before the end of the transfer window with rumours circulating about a possible return to Atletico Madrid.

Costa fell out of favour with the Chelsea faithful last year as the former Premier League champions nose dived down the table and ultimately lost their grip of the trophy before Christmas had even arrived.

According to the newly appointed Conte, the Spaniard's future at the club remains unclear.

Costa missed Saturday's 3-2 International Champions Cup defeat to Real Madrid in Michigan with a back injury. And Antonio Conte says he does not know if the Spaniard will leave Chelsea before the end of the transfer window.

"I can say that today Costa is a Chelsea player. He didn't play in these games because of injury and if he solves the injury and I see in training that he is in good shape it can be possible to see him in the next game against Milan.

"But I can say only this. I speak only for today and today Costa is Chelsea's player. Tomorrow if you ask me if Costa will remain with us, I don't know."

Costa scored 36 goals in more than 70 appearances for the Premier League side but only 12 of them were last season as the club finished 10th.