Chelsea playmaker Diego Costa said he will decide his own future – and that does not necessarily mean he will be going China.
The striker scored his 20th Premier League goal of the season as Chelsea defeat Middlesbrough 3-0 on Monday night to move within three points of the title.
Costa, 28, has been repeatedly connected with a move to Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese Premier League since the start of the year.
Costa told South American broadcasters DirecTV Sports: “I am the owner of my future and it does not mean that I am going to China.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has once stated that the “will of the player” is important in the future of any of his players.
And Diego Costa has previously admitted agitating for a return to Atletico Madrid.
He has just two years left on the contract signed when he joined from Atletico for £32million in July 2014.
There were lots of speculation over a move in January when Costa missed the trip to Leicester after apparently having heard of the clause offered by Tianjin.
But Conte publicly stated his absence on that occasion was because of a back injury and the rumours went down the drain and have resurfaced once again just last week.
There were suggestion that a £76m transfer had been reaced, but Tianjin took to Weibo – China’s equivalent of Twitter – to deny it.
And Conte last Friday did not clear the situation, calling on Costa and all his players to maintain their focus on completing the season and lifting the much worked for silverware.
Chelsea have just three games to win the Premier League and can do so by winning West Brom on Friday night.
And will also play Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.