Conte sends good wishes to Costa after the blues agreed to sell him back to Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (R) celebrates with Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte (C) after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge in London on August 15, 2016. Chelsea won the game 2-1. / AFP / Justin TALLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chelsea heirachy has thanked Diego Costa for his contribution to the club and wished him well for the future.

The energetic Striker has not featured for Chelsea since the FA Cup final in May and chose to remain in Brazil this summer rather than return to the Blues due to a dispute between the player and the club.

And Conte has since praised the Spain international’s efforts for the club last season, having scored 20 goals in 35 top-flight appearances as Chelsea lifted the Premier League title.


Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s league clash against Stoke City, Conte said of Costa: “We want to thank him for what he did with this club. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Conte was pressed on the alleged falling out between him and Costa, but the Chelsea manager refused to discuss the situation.