The situation surrounding Diego Costa’s future at Chelsea has been very tumultuous, but there is one man who does not seemed at all fazed by the drama – Antonio Conte.
The Blues manager has been the target of fierce criticism from the Spain international, who has been in Brazil all summer and has so far refused to return to the West London club.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the 28-year-old alleged that Conte sent a text message to inform the striker that he was not wanted any longer, despite having two years left on his contract.
In the last week or so, Costa has publicly lambasted the club, and in a statement released on Thursday, the forward demanded that he be granted a move to Atletico Madrid, who cannot buy players until their transfer embargo is lifted in January next year.
Conte faced the media today to preview this weekend’s huge Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, but as expected, the first questions centred on Costa.
Rather than give a stern response, the Italian coach burst into laughter when asked for his feelings about the striker’s accusations that the club have treated him like a criminal.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 18, 2017