Diego Costa was left in limbo on Sunday night after Diego Simeone effectively ruled out a return to Atletico Madrid this summer.
Costa does not have a future at Chelsea after falling out with Blues boss Antonio Conte. The striker is desperate to rejoin Atletico, where he was a cult hero before moving to Stamford Bridge.
But speaking after Madrid’s’ 3-2 friendly win at Brighton, manager Simeone said:
“I don’t want to comment too much. The fact is he is still with Chelsea.
“The most important thing to me is the work of my club in general, not only in training. I have to work with what I have.”
Atleti are subject to a transfer embargo so would not be able to buy Costa until it is lifted in January.
Simeone added: “When I found there was no other possibility to get new players at the club I accepted it.
“Maybe I could improve the quality, but for the moment with this team I can work very well and I’m satisfied with that.”
This week, Costa’s lawyer Ricardo Cardoso underlined his client’s stance that he only desires a move to Atletico when stating the Spain international will submit a formal transfer request at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea insist Costa has been aware of their position on his future since January this year, while AC Milan sporting director Marco Fassone has held talks with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes.