Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has seemingly ruled out a move for Diego Costa, telling the Chelsea striker to close the door on a possible return to the Vicente Calderon. The 27-year-old has been linked with a move back to Diego Simeone's outfit since last summer, when reports in Spain suggested he was unhappy with the London lifestyle.
Costa made little effort to calm those rumours following the Champions League win over Porto on 9 December. In an interview with Onda Cero he pointed out that Filipe Luis had already moved in the summer after just one season at Stamford Bridge.
"You never know - look where Filipe Luis is now. Life is full of surprises," he said. "I always wish Atletico the best and I always follow them, I support them from afar."
However, asked by La Sexta for his thoughts on Costa "opening the door" to a Vicente Calderon return, the Atletico chief quipped: "[I would tell him to] close the door, because it is cold."
The news, nevertheless, comes on the heels of suggestions that Costa has fell out with manager Jose Mourinho, following his lack of starting line-up roles in games against Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth.
However, speaking with IBTimes UK after the Porto match, Costa assured us that he is happy at Stamford Bridge and that his relationship with the Portuguese tactician is good.
"It seems the English media want me to leave England as soon as possible. Because it's not normal what they say. But I do not speak English yet so the truth is that I do not hear what they say. When things are going well people put you in heaven and when things goes wrong they put you in hell," he said. "But the truth is that I'm happy here. Every day I am more settled. The only thing which I'm not happy about is the situation of the team. But If I were happy with that it would be very ungrateful. I have to improve and the team has to improve."