Diego Costa says he has a right to choose his next destination.
Costa, scored 20 goals in 35 Premier League games to help the Blues win the title last season but was left out of the side for an away match at Leicester in January after he was involved in a dispute with a fitness coach.
It followed reports of an offer from China that would have been worth £30m a year in salary, while Conte said last month that Costa was told in January he was not part of their plans for the future.
“When we heard Conte didn’t want me anymore, my agent went to find out if there was interest from Atletico for me coming back,” said Costa.
“Of course for the warmth and respect that I earned there, they showed interest, but they wouldn’t pay a fortune.”
Costa also claimed that Chelsea had offered him to several clubs but he feels they should “take into account everything [he’s] done” and let him pick his next side.
“If I’m not part of the manager’s plans, I would like to choose my destination – I’m not going to let them decide just to get more money.”
That said, The Spain international, who remains in exile in his home town of Lagarto in Brazil, told ESPN Brasil Chelsea are demanding a fee Atletico Madrid “can’t get near” for the Spain striker to complete his desired move back to his former club.
“When I came to Chelsea they paid a lot less compared to what’s being offered to them,” Costa told ESPN Brasil.
The Blues signed Costa from Atletico for a reported £32m in July 2014.
“What I know is that this offer Chelsea will get is bigger than what they paid (when they signed Costa from Atletico for £32 million in July 2014), so I’ve given them something back in all senses [sporting and financial].”