Chelsea troublemaker set for five months on the sidelines after antagonizing Conte

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is set to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window, according to the Telegraph.

The newspaper claims that the La Liga side have offered the 28-year-old the chance to return to Spain next season and the striker is expected to agree a deal this summer.

The report claims that Atletico manager Diego Simeone is desperate to re-sign the striker and Chelsea are reportedly willing to let Costa leave Stamford Bridge ahead of the upcoming campaign.

It is said that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte informed the striker via text message that he is surplus to requirements at the West London club next season after growing fed up with the discord he created behind the scenes following three troublesome years at the club.

A move to the Spanish capital would see Costa unable to feature for the club until next year and mean five months on the sidelines as Atletico are currently under a transfer ban.

The Telegraph reports that Spain international is seriously considering a move away from the Premier League champions with Atletico being his most likely option after a potential move to China has failed to materialise.

Serie A giants AC Milan are also reportedly interested in landing the Chelsea man this summer.

Costa was in terrific form for the Blues last season, scoring 22 goals and providing eight assists in all competitions.

The striker finished as the club’s top goalscorer and he played an instrumental role in helping the Blues secure their second Premier League crown in just three seasons.

Costa’s current contract at Stamford Bridge runs out in 2019.