Chelsea star lifts lid on ‘bad relationship’ with Antonio Conte
Diego Costa lifts the lid on his "bad" relationship with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this season
Diego Costa has claimed that he has had a “bad relationship” with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte this season and says that the Italian coach doesn’t want him at the club.
The Spanish striker was a regular fixture in the Blues’ first team last season as Chelsea won the Premier League title in Conte’s first campaign in charge at the club.
Costa scored 20 goals in 35 Premier League games to help the west London side win the Premier League title last term.
However, the forward never seemed to be far from the headlines and was linked with a possible transfer away from Stamford Bridge in January.
Now, Costa has claimed that Conte doesn’t want to keep him at the club and claims that he was informed by “message” this week.
Costa is quoted as saying by BBC Sport: “I’m a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there,” Costa said.
“Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that’s it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season.”
Costa added: “My relationship with the coach has been bad this season. It’s a shame, I’ve already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide.
“You have to find a team.”
Costa joined Chelsea from Spanish side Atletico Madrid back in 2014 and has won two Premier League titles with the west London club.