Diego Costa has accused Chelsea of treating it as a â€œcriminalâ€ and revealed not to go to the club, which he still hopes will sanction his return to Atletico Madrid.
The 28-year-old striker, who has been informed by Antonio Conte he has no future at Stamford Bridge, told the Daily Mail that the Chelsea manager lacks charisma and that he is happy to continue to accept the fines for refusing to train with the reserves the club’s Cobham training base. â€œI want to be out there training with the reserves,â€ Costa said.
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â€œI would not be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact with the children. I am not a criminal. I don’t feel right after all I have done to be treated as such. I’m not wrong here. So, if they need to fine me, let them fine me. I take the shot every week, but I’m not driven by money. You know that the manager does not want me. I’m waiting for the Chelsea set me free. I didn’t want to leave. I have been happy. When the manager does not want you to, you have to go.â€
Costa made a text conversation with Count â€“ in which he informed him that his Chelsea career was over â€“ knowledge and the public in the month of June, insisting that he â€œwould have had to find a way out of the club. But Costa, who has scored 20 goals in the Premier League to help Chelsea win the title last season, said that he was going to accept a new contract recently, in the month of January at Stamford Bridge, but believes that Conte is tripped before being able to put pen to paper.
â€œI was on the point of renewing my contract, and they put the brakes on it,â€ he said. â€œI suspect that the manager was behind it. He has his 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. He is not a coach who is very close with his players. He is very far away. He does not have … charisma.â€
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The coast remains the hope of providing a return to AtlÃ©tico, where he played for four years, between 2010 and 2014, before joining Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. Costa admits the manager of Manchester United has contacted him to â€œcheck I’m OKâ€, and stresses that he never had any problems with the Portuguese.
He adds that he has informed Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, of his intention of starting for The Liga and that he refused offers to leave Chelsea, whom he accuses of trying to sell it to the Chinese club. â€œI want the deal with Atletico resolved this month,â€ added the Spain striker. â€œMy idea would be to go to Madrid, train, get in the best physical shape and be ready to fire ahead of the World Cup.â€