Given that Antonio Conte has made it very clear for weeks now (since the end of last season) that Diego Costa was not in his plans for the 2017-18 season, someone would expect the two sides to have parted ways by now. They haven’t, but the Spain international looks set to do something about it.
We are going to take advantage of all the legal avenues to make Chelsea responsible for his behaviour, and to make Diego Costa’s exit viable
Ricardo Cardoso, the player’s lawyer, told EFE, and by ‘his’, he meant Antonio Conte.
The Italian manager sent an SMS to Costa before the start of Chelsea’s preseason, informing him, in what was an anything but tactful way, that he should do whatever necessary to find another team.
Costa’s side now claims that Conte’s treatment of the player was unjust, and they are going to base a case on exactly that, the way the Chelsea manager handled the Costa situation.
We are going to formally solicit a transfer request
Cardoso also said. The… small detail of the story is which club will pay the money Chelsea will definitely ask to sell one of the best strikers in the world at the moment, whom, for their own reasons, no longer want with them.