Former Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has discussed the situation surrounding Diego Costa and Chelsea by looking at it from a manager’s perspective.
The Spain international has been in Brazil all summer and is still refusing to return to the UK, despite the season being well underway.
During his exile, Costa told the Daily Mail that manager Antonio Conte sent him a text message at the end of the season telling the striker that he was no longer wanted at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old pushed for a move to his former club Atletico Madrid all summer, but an agreement was never made, meaning that he cannot leave Chelsea until January.
It is unclear how the next five months will pan out for Costa, but Allardyce think that it is the end of the road for his Chelsea career.
In an interview with talkSPORT, the former England boss said:
“With Costa, it doesn’t look like it’s reparable now. When he’s told to train with the youth team, that’s Antonio Conte wielding his power as a manager. Antonio is brave to do that, because it would be very difficult now for him to call Diego Costa back and ask him to play for Chelsea again. If I’m going to take that stance with a player, I make sure that I’m definitely not going to bring them back, and I definitely won’t have to rely on them at one stage or another.”
Costa could get his desired wish to join Atletico in January as the Spanish club will have a transfer embargo lifted, meaning that they will be eligible to register players.