Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident that striker Diego Costa will commit his long term future to the club but has warned the striker to focus on football amid contract talks.
The 28-year old Spaniard is in fine form with the Blues this season as he has scored an impressive 15 goals and assisted 5 more in 23 Premier League games so far. But the Italian manager is keen to stay focused on the FA Cup game against Wolves as the Blues eye a domestic double this season.
Diego Costa has been a subject of speculations in the recent weeks as he was heavily linked with a move to China in January but the Spanish striker has decided to stay put.
Recent reports have suggested that Costa is willing to sign a new contract with the club as he will be into his last year of contract in summer and the Blues are keen to keep him for a longer term.
Conte has admitted that the player will sign a new contract but has asked Costa to stay focused on the upcoming games as the manager is not looking way ahead.
‘I don’t know about this situation because I think now it’s very important to be focused on the present and not to look so far forward,’ he said.
‘For the players and the people who work for Chelsea, it’s important to focus on the present then at the end of the season we will see.
‘Yeah I’m confident. It’s important to keep the great concentration for the present. The present is tomorrow’s game against Wolverhampton.
‘This will be better to face at the end of the season.’
Atletico Madrid have expressed their interest once again in signing Diego Costa but Chelsea are keen to tie him down to a new contract before the summer transfer window as he is one of the best players at Stamford Bridge at the moment.
Costa will play a massive role in Chelsea’s title race in the upcoming weeks and the club hopes that he remains happy at the club after admitting his desire to return back to Atletico Madrid on a number of occasions in the past.