Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Costa hits out at 'criminal' treatment

Costa hits out at 'criminal' treatment

Chelsea outcast and Brazilian-turned-Spaniard Diego Costa has broken his silence following an exile from the London club he's called home for the last three seasons.

The Spanish worldwide claimed that he was told he was not wanted by Conte via text message in the summer and said he wishes to return to Atletico.

Costa has made clear to Chelsea that he only wants to join Atletico Madrid and the striker has no concerns over the fact the Spanish giants can not register new players until 1st January due to a transfer ban.

But the fiery feud between Costa and Chelsea is threatening to scupper the 28-year-old's dream of a return to Madrid.

"My desire is to go to Atletico (where he played from 2010-14)".

The report adds that Costa switched his attention back to Atletico towards the end of last season, which was granted, and because of this, Chelsea are bemused by his public comments. I didn't want to leave. They have also informed him that he will be fined two-weeks' wages every time he misses a game.

"I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free". He continued, saying that he doesn't doubt Conte's ability as a manager, but rather as a communicator: "I respect him as a great coach". It has really depreciated his value in a market this summer where they could have got an absolute fortune for Diego Costa.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Barton said: "If I'm Liverpool or Everton I'm doing everything I can to sign Diego Costa".

"Why won't they let me go if they don't want me?"

At the moment they value Costa at £34m and Chelsea want £59m so there is little hope of a compromise in the coming weeks. "I mean, we don't know what went on behind the scenes, but it looked like he may have thrown his toys out the pram and that Conte hasn't forgotten or forgiven him for that".

"I wouldn't be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact with the guys". I didn't want to leave.

"I think this all distils down to the January window, when he was linked with the move to China".

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