Chelsea striker Diego Costa has publicly lashed out at Antonio Conte for the Italian’s treatment of him since the infamous text message, and believes the club are ‘pricing him out’ of his dream move back to Atletico Madrid.
“If something makes me sad about this situation it’s (the fans) affection, as they’d always supported me, even during the delicate moments,” said Costa.
The Spanish international was fined two weeks’ wages for not turning up to training despite being told by Antonio Conte that he had no future at the club.
“Conte’s text? It was a moment of madness. It can happen, but I thought it was disrespectful.”
“I always asked to speak face to face with the coach and the board. I never sent text messages, so it shows what kind of person he is.”
Diego Costa has made it clear he intends to return to Atletico Madrid, the side he departed to join Chelsea in 2014, but believes Chelsea need to be more reasonable in their demands in order for the move to materialise.
“I don’t know (what fee is being demanded), but my agent said that Chelsea want something that Atletico can’t get near.”
Atletico Madrid are under a FIFA-imposed transfer ban until January and, should they sign the 28-year-old, would be unable to register him until the turn of the year.