Chelsea boss Antonio Conte decided that the antics of want-away striker Diego Costa, 28, were best dealt with through laughter. It was either that or crying and the former Italy boss is too happy with his time in London for sadness, according to Sky Sports.
The Brazilian-born Spanish international claimed that the Premier League champions were demanding too much money for him and that he felt he was being treated like a criminal. It won’t be a surprise if the next photo of Costa sees him take a leaf out of Prince’s book, daubing his cheeks with “SLAVE”.
There are plenty of offers for a short-term loan spell with Deportivo La Coruna looking to exploit their La Liga rivals problems with a six-month deal while Everton are keen to take costa to Goodison Park until January. Chelsea’s ire over Everton’s sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United make this an unlikely option. Even so, the Toffees are 8/1 to complete the deal this summer.
Reports in the English media suggest that Chelsea are contemplating legal action if the striker doesn’t return to training soon. Atletico are distancing themselves from this spat in the hope that Chelsea won’t increase the fee as punishment. Costa’s determination to return to La Liga shouldn’t be underestimated; this has the hallmarks of a very messy divorce.