Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is unlikely to pursue a reunion with Diego Costa in the January transfer window.
That is according to 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the prospect of the 32-year-old returning to the Premier League in 2021.
Fabrizio Romano revealed that the Spain international is set to leave Atletico Madrid next month ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.
Confirmed. Diego Costa is set to leave Atlético and won’t extend his contract, as reported here days ago.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 27, 2020
His 57 appearances under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea yielded 24 goals and nine assists, a return which helped the club win their fourth Premier League title in 2015.
Costa returned to Atletico Madrid in January 2018 but has fallen down the pecking order this season following the arrival of Luis Suarez from Barcelona.
When asked if a return to the Premier League could be on the cards for the divisive striker, Phillips told Football Insider:
“If you got the Diego Costa that was annoying and a handful at Chelsea he would be a good fit for a lot of Premier League sides.
“Would he come to Tottenham? He would be fighting Harry Kane again.
“He has shown that he can be a bit moody so would you want to bring a player in who could upset the apple cart? It is a difficult one.
“I probably don’t see him coming back to the Premier League. At this stage of his career I think the pace of it might be a bit too much for him.”