Atletico Madrid have distanced themselves with reports suggesting they are ready to bring Chelsea striker Diego Costa back to the club, according to the Evening Standard.
The La Liga giants had been mooted as a potential destination for the controversial Spanish forward amid his current issues with the Blues.
After his 20 goal haul last term, the 27-year old has notched just four times this season as the Premier League champions endure a nightmare campaign.
Stamford Bridge chief Jose Mourinho has repeatedly dropped him from first-team proceedings after a series of run ins.
He arrived in England from the Madrid club back in 2014, having spearheaded Diego Simeone’s attack to La Liga success and the Champions League final.
However, reports in the Spanish capital suggest talk of an imminent return to Los Rojiblancos are wide of the mark.
Enrique Cerezo, president at the Vicente Calderon, poured cold water over suggestions Costa could return just 18 months after leaving.
‘It’s complicated for Atletico to make signings this winter’, he revealed.