Diego Costa has waited for too long…time to make a move happen

Solenn Plantier
Août 8, 2017

The striker was told by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte that he's surplus to requirements via text message, but it appears the Blues don't want to sell him to Atleti, who have a transfer ban until January.

Costa was left out of Chelsea's pre-season tour of Asia and has been training away from the rest of the first-team squad since revealing the contents of a text message exchange with Conte at the end of last season.

The 28-year-old's lawyer, Ricardo Cardoso, told Spanish news agency EFE on Thursday that his client meant to "formally request a transfer" and also threatened Chelsea with legal action.

Chelsea have described claims head coach Antonio Conte is forcing striker Diego Costa out of the club as "just nonsense".

"And he will not play for any other club which is not Atletico Madrid, a club where he had sporting success, but above all where he was always respected, even after he had joined Chelsea". "We don't usually respond to comments of this nature, but I think we should do on this occasion", a Chelsea spokesman said.

Costa, valued at around £50 million ($65.39m) by Chelsea, would prefer a move back to Atletico, while AC Milan are also reported to be interested, but his former club are now subject to a transfer embargo until January 2018.

Conte, who was asked about the rumours when addressing the media ahead of Chelsea's Community Shield clash with Arsenal, is reported to have told Costa's agent Jorge Mendes in January that the he was free to leave during the close-season.

Conte added: "For me the situation is simple". This shows that they knew about and were in agreement with the release of Diego Costa and the way it was done.

"For sure I don't understand why the lawyer gets involved".

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