Diego Costa claims Chelsea manager treated him like a criminal

Costa speaks out about Antonio Conte axing him from the Chelsea squad by text message

Diego Costa claims Chelsea manager treated him like a criminal

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Matthew

August 14th, 2017

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Chelsea supporters saw their team’s Premier League title defence begin with a 3-2 home defeat against Burnley, a side expected to struggle this season.

Antonio Conte saw two of his players dismissed and the Italian has now been criticised publicly by Diego Costa, someone who played a key role in helping Chelsea land the championship last season.

Costa is now in exile after being informed by text message that he wasn’t part of future plans and has now spoken about the way in which Conte has treated him.

“They want me to be there training with the reserves,” Costa said.

“I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact 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. I am not in the wrong here.

“So, if they need to fine me, let them fine me. I take the hit every week but I’m not driven by money. You know that the manager doesn’t want me. I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. I didn’t want to leave. I was happy. When the manager does not want you, you have to go.”

“I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it,” he said. “I suspect the manager was behind it. He has his own opinion and that will not change. I respect him as a great coach. He has done a good job and I can see that. But as a person — no. He is not a coach who is very close with his players. He is very distant. He doesn’t possess … charisma.”

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