Chelsea transfer news: Antonio Conte to address Diego Costa’s future in the summer

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The Blues boss is eager to avoid any distractions as his side chase down Premier League and FA Cup silverware, with contract speculation brushed aside

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists there is no rush to tie Diego Costa to fresh terms, with the striker’s future set to be addressed at the end of the season.

Having previously been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, speculation has recently suggested that the Spain international has agreed a new long-term contract.

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The riches on offer in China were said to have turned his head in January, while Costa has admitted that he considered a return to Atletico Madrid last summer.

He has, however, spearheaded a Premier League title bid this season, with his 15-goal return helping Chelsea to establish a commanding lead at the top of the table.

Conte insists that the Blues’ ongoing pursuit of silverware in the league and FA Cup remains his priority at present, with any extension talks with key men having to wait until the summer.

Diego Costa, Antonio Conte, Southampton, Chelsea, Premier League, 10302016

When quizzed about the Costa contract rumours, the coach said: “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.

“I think now for the players, for the people who work for Chelsea, and for me it’s important to be focused on the present. At the end of the season we’ll see the situation.”

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Asked if he was confident of keeping Costa at Stamford Bridge, the Italian added: “Yes, I’m confident, but I repeat now it’s important to keep the great concentration for the present.

“Tomorrow’s game against Wolverhampton is the present. We must go into the next round and then, I repeat, this situation will be better to face at the end of the season.”

Chelsea face Wolves at Molineux in the fifth round of the FA Cup, with attention briefly switching to the knockout competition before it returns to the consolidation of an eight-point advantage in the Premier League.

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