Chelsea will look to ward off potential interest in Spanish international forward Diego Costa after he held positive talks with incoming manager Antonio Conte, according to The Guardian.
Following the recent confirmation that the Italian will take over at Stamford Bridge this summer, one of his first major issues is likely to be the situation the controversial marksman finds himself in this summer.
After a frustrating second season in West London, the 27-year old has been strongly linked with either a move back to former club Atletico Madrid, or a shock lucrative switch to the mega wealthy Chinese Super League.
However, Conte was reportedly in London over the past few days to thrash out talks with the Brazilian-born forward and there is understood to be little will within the club’s hierarchy to let him leave so soon.
He arrived at Stamford Bridge from the Spanish capital in 2014 and notched 20 goals as the Blues marched to a first league title in five years.
Despite his problems this term, he remains the club’s top scorer this time – a fact that is not thought to have been lost on those behind the scenes.