The relationship between Diego Costa and Antonio Conte at Chelsea hits a new low as the player is reportedly being forced out of the club.
After unsuccessful attempt to leave Chelsea in January, Diego Costa has found himself in a difficult position in relation to Antonio Conte and the rest of the team, according to BBC Sport. Costa was eyeing a lucrative move to China in the middle of last season and could now be granted his exit wish.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is believed to have told his striker to leave the club by sending him a text message, something the 28-year-old is furious about, and Manchester United and Arsenal may consider a bid to end his Stamford Bridge stay in the summer.
Diego Costa made 42 appearances for Chelsea, leading their goal-scoring charts with 22 goals and eight assists. He recently came out in public to criticise Conte and the lack of professionalism, saying: “I’m a Chelsea player but they do not want me there.”
“Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that’s it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season. My relationship with the coach has been bad this season.
“It’s a shame, I’ve already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide. It seems I didn’t have a good season. It was just a simple message after all I’ve done for the club.
“But if he doesn’t want me there, then I will have to look for a new team. It would be nice to go back to Atletico Madrid but it’s difficult to be four or five months without playing. It’s a World Cup year and I need to play.”
Atletico Madrid are favorites to sign the Spaniard, but with their transfer ban upheld, they aren’t allowed to register any new players to their squad until January. Manchester United are looking for a striker to replace Ibrahimović and with Mourinho’s history of working with Costa, the deal could be a perfect solution to his problems.
Arsenal also have their worries about striking options in the team, and despite the fact that plenty of fans openly dislike Costa, he could still bring much needed quality to the Gunners’ attack.