Chelsea FC have fined Diego Costa two weeks’ wages for failing to return to training as the dispute over his future rumbles on
According to a source,the Blue manager Antonio Conte informed Diego Costa via a text message, to look for a new club this summer.
Costa react in an interview with the Daily Mail that Chelsea are treating him “like a criminal” and that he has lost all personal respect for head coach Antonio Conte over the Italian’s handling of the situation.
chelsea Manager Conte revealed the decision was made in January, when the Spain striker was pushing for a move to Chinese Super League outfit, Tianjin Quanjian. The incident led to him being dropped, after a clash with fitness coach Julio Tous. The 28-year-old striker has since decided he would rather return to Atletico Madrid, but the clubs are not close to an agreement.
Talks have stalled and Costa’s lawyers want him released on a free transfer, because his contract has been breached by Conte’s message.
The Blue striker Costa, whos is in his home town of Lagarto in Brazil, was dropped for preseason in China and Singapore, after the Blues gave him permission to negotiate a move away.
Chelsea, however, are not prepared to let Costa languish on the other side of the Atlantic when he has two years left on a £180,000-a-week contract and they are short of players.
Sources at Chelsea have told ESPN FC that no such condition has been laid out to Costa, and insist that the club simply expect the 28-year-old to fulfill the terms of his contract by coming back to training, regaining match fitness and making himself available for selection.
Costa return might see tensions heightened within the squad, with Conte already frustrated with the club’s failure to bring in some of his transfer targets.
His reservations about the strength of his squad were compounded by the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United. The Premier League champions also began the new season with a shock 3-2 home loss to Burnley.
Conte’s current deal expires in 2019, but there are fears he might leave the club if he feels his authority is threatened.
Costa is adamant that he will only consider a move back to former club Atletico Madrid, who are banned by FIFA from registering new players until January 2018.