The stalemate between Diego Costa and Chelsea seems to have no end insight and Antonio Conte doesn’t have much sympathy for the Spaniard in the meantime.
Conte was holding his press conference ahead of the Spurs clash on Sunday at Wembley, and of course the Italian was asked about the situation with Costa and his future.
The Chelsea boss certainly did not hold back in his reaction, laughing through the question and then answering with: “It’s great, it’s great. I prefer to laugh. I can tell you that everyone knows at Chelsea what happened with him last season. It is funny this interview.
“I am not interested in continuing this issue. It is the past.”
The striker’s future is still uncertain, however he is still back in Brazil having this evening posted a work out video on his own Instagram page.
Meanwhile, a club spokesman said: “The club’s position is clear, as a Chelsea player we think he should be back to training.”
It would appear that Chelsea and Costa are set to drag this situation on further, with Costa claiming that the Blues are trying to sell him at too higher price and that they must lower it for him to return to Atletico.
“When I came to Chelsea they paid a lot less compared to what’s being offered to them,” Costa told ESPN Brasil.
“I know that this [big effort] will happen, but if it’s to pay the amount that Chelsea want it won’t be possible.”
The truth is that Costa will not play for Chelsea again while Conte is the manager of Chelsea and the stalemate could well go into the very last day of the transfer window.
The striker will continue to be fined by the club while he stays in exile and refuses to return to Chelsea this summer, but it appears that Costa is not overly bothered by that fact.