Chelsea striker Diego Costa is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer after Chelsea boss Antonio Conte told the striker that he wasn’t part of his plans for next season.
Former Chelsea striker Carlton Cole believes Costa would be difficult to replace and Conte would have to change the way Chelsea play if we lose Costa.
“I’ve obviously been looking at the news from where I am abroad and apparently the manager said he doesn’t want him by text or something,” Cole said on Sky Sports.
“I doubt it actually worked out like that, I don’t know. It would be very difficult to replace Diego Costa.
“His aggression and some of the things he does on the field gets your blood boiling as a player who’s playing against him.
“That would be a miss (if he left). You can’t take aggression and that stuff out of a footballer because that’s making them as that person.
“I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes but I think he’s a great player, he’s led them to the title, so it would be hard to replace that charisma.
“There are big names out there who can come in and do something, but Chelsea are going to have to change the whole dynamic of the front-line and the way they approach the games.”