Jose Mourinho is adamant Diego Costa is going nowhere after playing down the striker’s comments over a possible return to Atletico Madrid.
The fiery forward has been a shadow of the player who shone in his debut Premier League campaign and has only found the net four times this season.
He was twice dropped by boss Mourinho before being restored to the starting line-up for the Champions League win over Porto last Wednesday.
Costa hinted after that game that he could yet follow Filipe Luis in returning to the Spanish capital amid reports he is growing weary of life in west London.
He said: “You never know — look how well Filipe Luis is doing now. Life is full of surprises. I always wish Atletico the best and I always follow them and support them from afar.”
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Mourinho is aware of the comments from last season’s top scorer but was relaxed about the situation when quizzed on his star striker.
The Special One expects the Brazilian-born ace to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge and possibly stay beyond the end of his current deal.
Mourinho said: “Diego said that in football you never know. Filipe Luis was one example. He could say also Fernando Torres as another example.
“Atletico is a great club. Madrid is a great city. La Liga is a very good league so why not a player with 27 years old not to think that in football it is possible to be back. I see no problem.
“Drogba was here for 10 years. I don’t see Diego playing until he’s 37.
“He is happy here and Diego is another one who has three years on his contract and I see him staying at Chelsea for three more years, no problem.”