Diego Costa is much closer to the exit door at Chelsea after the striker revealed that he has been told in clear terms by manager Antonio Conte that he is no longer needed.

Costa made this disclosure on Wednesday night after Spain played out a 2-2 draw in Colombia in an international friendly.

The likelihood of Costa staying on with Victor Moses and others at Stamford Bridge has always been shaky especially after the row with Conte over a lucrative move to China during the January transfer window. 

While Costa stayed on to win the Premier League title with the Blues, he most likely won't be around to mount a defense with the team.

“Antonio Conte has told me by message that I will not continue with Chelsea and that’s it.

“My relationship with the coach has been bad this season and it is clear that he does not want me on the team. Costa was quoted as saying in The Sun.

"I guess I have had such a bad season that I can't continue.

"Right now I'm a Chelsea player because I have a contract, but the coach does not want me there. I have to find a new team."

Costa, who has two years left on his Stamford Bridge contract, cannot return to Atletico Madrid  because of the transfer ban.