Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insisted once again that striker Diego Costa is happy to stay at Stamford Bridge despite rumors surrounding his future.
Costa, 27, had a poor second season at the club, only scoring 16 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions, as the defending Premier League champions finished in 10th place. The Brazilian-born Spaniard has recovered from a back injury and could make an appearance in Chelsea’s game against AC Milan on Wednesday in Minneapolis.
“Diego Costa has recovered from his injury,” Conte told Sky Sports. “Tomorrow I decide the formation and the starting 11 but he is available and I am very happy that I can count on him.
“I repeat that Diego Costa is a Chelsea player and for me this is the most important thing at this moment. He is very happy to stay with us.”
New signing N’Golo Kante could make his first game in a Chelsea shirt against the Italians, as he’s been training with the side for five days. Chelsea paid £32 million to get the defensive midfielder to come over from current Premier League champions Leicester City. Kante was given an extended break after playing in Euro 2016 with France.
“He is in a good shape,” Conte said. “Now he is working on the tactical aspect including through the video analysis, and also on the physical aspect, and I think tomorrow he can play one half or 30 minutes and I am very happy to see him so ready to play.”