“I am the owner of my future and it does not mean that I am going to China.”
Costa, who scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season on Monday night against Middlesbrough, has been surrounded by speculation around his future for almost a year but clearly does not want to demand a move away just yet, contrary to rumours which suggested that his head had been turned by lucrative offers from the East.
One man who will be committing his future is thought to be manager Antonio Conte, with the Italian set to put pen to paper on a new contract at the end of the season according to the Telegraph. They report that the 47-year-old will extend his current agreement which has two years left to run.
The club have also agreed to allow Conte the opportunity to choose his own assistant manager, abandoning their previous policy of always having a British assistant, with Steve Holland set to leave the club in the summer to take up a role with the England set up full-time.
One of Conte’s other top targets for the summer with the Blues is thought to be Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, and Spanish newspaper Marca report that the forward has rejected a five year contract offer from China, which would have seen him earn £575,000 a week, with his eyes set on a move in Europe.
The Spaniard could be keen on a reunion with his former manager at Juventus in Conte, who helped him to make his name after departing the Bernabéu in order to find more regular first team football and show his ability before returning to Madrid through Zinedine Zidane’s side’s buy-back clause.
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