Chelsea star Costa blasted by ex-Crystal Palace chief over striker’s antics

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has opted not to mince his words regarding the situation surrounding Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

The Spain international is embroiled in a dispute with the club over his future after failing to return to pre-season training.

In a very revealing interview with the Daily Mail, the 28-year-old accused Chelsea of treating him like a criminal after manager Antonio Conte allegedly sent the striker a text message informing him that he was no longer wanted.

Costa has also threatened to remain in his homeland of Brazil for a year if he is not granted a move to his former club Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish outfit cannot register new players until January 2018 due to a transfer ban that was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Jordan, who is very vocal with his opinions on Twitter, has given his backing to Chelsea and called on the FA and PFA to take action.

The 49-year-old told talkSPORT:

“Chelsea are well within their rights to take a stance. They are well within their rights to tell a player that he is no longer required.

“He should be yanked backed and the authorities should get involved. Where are the PFA? Where is Gordon Taylor and his £4million-a-year salary saying something about a player which is completely and utterly wrong.

“He should be back in England, he should be keeping himself fit, he should be doing his job. If he doesn’t do that, the authorities should get him for every single day that the slob doesn’t turn up for training.”