Chelsea wants Diego Costa to put an end to his exile and make himself available to them once more, even though the player does not figure in Antonio Conte’s plans for the first team.
The player has two years to go on his contract, and the club is expecting him to return and get back to full fitness as soon as he can.
Costa Feels Chelsea is Treating Him like a Criminal
Diego Costa, on the other hand, has criticised the football club’s treatment of him over the summer, and has stated that, although they are treating him like one, he is not a criminal.
He went on to say that he is more than prepared to stay in exile for a full 12 months as he campaigns for a return to Atlético Madrid.
The Blues also require that the striker born in Brazil prove his fitness levels, and further make himself an option in terms of selection, even though he has not formed part of the Conte’s plans as head-coach.
The Blues also expect the Brazil-born Spain striker to prove his fitness and make himself available for selection, even though he is no longer in head coach Conte’s plans.
Costa Won’t Train with the Reserves
Costa, who is currently in Brazil, has said that he has not reported for Chelsea training because he is not interested in training with the reserves for the Blues. He is fully prepared to stay in Brazil, club fines or not, until his future has been resolved to his liking.
Of course punters at the various online betting sites around the world are eager for this matter to be resolved, but neither party seems willing to compromise at this point.
Costa told the Daily Mail that Chelsea had given him an additional week off, but that since then he has been fined for his absence.
He has said that the club wishes him to train with the reserves, which he is not prepared to do, but that this did not make him a criminal, since he was not in the wrong. He went on to say that if they wished to keep fining him they should by all means do so.
Chelsea Starts the Season, Costa Remains in Brazil
Costa has stayed in his hometown while his teammates have started the football season, and, since Chelsea does not have a reserve team, only age-group sides, it is unclear how Costa understands that he is now expected to train with them.
Costa joined Chelsea from Atlético Madrid in July of 2015, and he has won the Premier League title twice in the course of the three years he has spent at Stamford Bridge, scoring a total of 59 goals in 120 appearances on the field.
The player has claimed that he was informed by Antonio Conte that his presence was not wanted via text message in the summer, and that he wishes to return to Atlético Madrid at this point. The Blues have declined to comment on the remarks made by the exiled player.