Whilst maintaining the facade of one of Europe’s hottest strikers, Diego Costa has behind the scenes been one of Chelsea’s most difficult players in living memory.
Holding the enviable record of 52 goals in 89 appearances with the Blue’s since his big move from Atletico Madrid in 2014, Antonio Conte has been busy tearing chunks out his beautiful formed new hair following a series of back room fallouts.
With a move to his former club becoming all the more unlikely given an unceremonious transfer ban, it seems the Spanish international is set to amp up his efforts to leave London by going on strike with the current Premier League holders.
Talking to the Daily Mail, Costa was a tad outspoken regarding current boss Conte, namely the Italian managers reported efforts to keep him a Blue, even if that means not letting him join the 1st team as Cobham.
“They want me to be there training with the reserves,” Costa said.
“I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact with the guys. I’m not a criminal. I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that. I am not in the wrong here. So, if they need to fine me, let them fine me. I take the hit every week but I’m not driven by money. You know that the manager doesn’t want me. I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. I didn’t want to leave. I was happy. When the manager does not want you, you have to go.”
The Brazil born forward already put himself in hot water with the club after making it public that Conte had texted him to say he was surplus to requirements for the on coming season. With his reputation as a dangerous striker still intact, its been rather surprising to see the player unable to get a move elsewhere – no doubt the forwards obvious stroppiness becoming a stumbling block ahead of any potential move.
Diego Costa's side of the story pic.twitter.com/hogW3YC3t9
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 13, 2017
Conte then chose to weigh into his manager even further;
“I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it, I suspect the manager was behind it. He has his own opinion and that will not change. I respect him as a great coach. He has done a good job and I can see that. But as a person — no. He is not a coach who is very close with his players. He is very distant. He doesn’t possess … charisma.”
Quite the assessment we think you’ll agree.
Despite the player’s precarious position, Costa remained hopeful his future would be resolved soon.
“I want the deal with Atlético resolved this month, My idea would be to go to Madrid, train there, get in the best physical shape and be ready to fire ahead of the World Cup.”
(Story via the Guardian)