February 17, 2017

Conte: Costa Contract Can Wait  (Sky Sports)

Diego CostaAntonio Conte says a new contract for Diego Costa is not his priority while Chelsea are chasing a domestic double.

This week, Sky sources reported Costa and the club are in advanced talks over an extension to his current deal, which has two full seasons still to run.

Chelsea's top scorer was the subject of January interest from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, who were reportedly willing to pay the Spain international £30m a year.

But despite the huge money on offer elsewhere, Conte is in no hurry to secure his striker on an improved contract.

"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," Conte said.

"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."

Asked if he was confident of keeping Costa he said: "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."

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