Diego Costa said he might not leave Chelsea for China at the end of the season, Sky reported on Tuesday.
Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian are confident of landing the Spain striker this summer, according to Sky sources, although they say no talks have yet taken place.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has repeatedly said he cannot guarantee Costa will stay, but in the meantime the head coach has continued to pick his top scorer on the Premier League run-in.
And speaking to South American broadcasters DirecTV Sports, Costa said: “I am the owner of my future and it does not mean that I am going to China.”
The 28-year-old has two years to run on his current contract.