Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

DREAM TEAM

Your Sun

A News UK Company
TOP
OUTBURST

Diego Costa accuses Chelsea of treating him like a ‘criminal’ and claims Blues are holding him against his will

Chelsea striker has spoken to the Daily Mail about his exile at Stamford Bridge while away in Brazil

Diego Costa has remarkably claimed he is being treated like a “criminal” by Chelsea.

The Spanish striker has gone AWOL in Brazil after being told he can leave by Antonio Conte in a public spat.


IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP TO PLAY FANTASY FOOTBALL


Diego Costa says he was treated like a 'criminal' by Chelsea

PA:Press Association
6
Diego Costa says he was treated like a ‘criminal’ by Chelsea

But in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, Costa says he is being held against his will with his heart set on a return to Atletico Madrid.

Costa said: “I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. Why won’t they let me go if they don’t want me?

“My desire is to go to Atletico (where he played from 2010-14). I’ve spoken to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. I said, ‘If the manager doesn’t want me, I want to go to Atletico Madrid’.

“They want me to be there training with the reserves. I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact at all with the guys. I’m not a criminal! I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that.”

Diego Costa performing at a circus in Brazil recently

Twitter @globoesportecom
6
Diego Costa performing at a circus in Brazil recently

Antonio Conte had said that Diego Costa is not part of his plans

Getty
6
Antonio Conte had said that Diego Costa is not part of his plans

Costa faces a fine up to £300k after failing to report for training TWO WEEKS ago.

But he has been pictured partying in Brazil instead of returning to the club’s Cobham HQ and working on his fitness.

Conte has made it clear Costa is not part of his plans and would be training away from the first team.

But Costa was still due to return and keep himself in shape for a potential move.

Diego Costa will be allowed to leave Chelsea by boss Antonio Conte

Getty
6
Diego Costa will be allowed to leave Chelsea by boss Antonio Conte

Diego Costa has instead spent the summer training alone on Brazilian beaches

Instagram @diegocosta
6
Diego Costa has instead spent the summer training alone on Brazilian beaches

He now could be fined by the club two weeks wages with his current earnings £150,000 a week.

His situation has been complicated by his dream move back to Atletico Madrid being put on hold as they have a transfer embargo until January.

Chelsea were beaten 3-2 by Burnley in the worst possible start to their Premier League defence on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were stunned by Burnley in a shock opening defeat at Stamford Bridge

AFP
6
Chelsea were stunned by Burnley in a shock opening defeat at Stamford Bridge

DREAM TEAM COMEDY: The different types of Fantasy Football Manager