Chelsea have responded firmly to Diego Costa claims of maltreatment, demanding the striker return to training and get himself fit for first-team selection.
Chelsea signed Costa from Atletico in 2014, and the Spanish club are prepared to pay around £40million to bring their former player back this month.
"Diego Costa first asked to quit Chelsea during their pre-season training camp in Los Angeles a year ago, leaving the club bemused over his claims to be upset at being told by text message from Antonio Conte in June that he could go".
Costa would nearly certainly have to accept a sizable pay cut in order to leave Chelsea and return to Atletico Madrid, something he appears wholly willing to do, based on the above quotes.
Costa is now in Brazil, refusing to train with the club. Costa should have read the situation properly and thought "if I'm around, it's going to irk him even more". "I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it".
However, the 28-year-old has since then moved to Brazil, his birth country, and accused Chelsea of treating him "like a criminal", refusing to rule out legal action.
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"I was told how Conte treated Mikel after his decision to represent Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympics", Sarki, who was on Chelsea's books between 2006-10, told Owngoalnigeria.com, as per The Mirror.
"Why won't they let me go if they don't want me?" he told the Daily Mail.
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.
Of course, the future interests of the club must be considered by the club's directors when signing new players, but does it not seem a little odd that the board are unwilling to back a manager who won the Premier League in his first season in England? I am not a criminal and I am not in the wrong here.
Costa is believed to have been absent without leave from Chelsea since the club flew to China for a pre-season tour in the middle of July.
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